LONDON – Lyoto Machida hasn’t given up on his title hopes, but received’t dangle his head if he doesn’t terminate his purpose.
That’s because Machida (26-11 MMA, 2-3 BMMA) already has a Corridor of Repute occupation, having captured the UFC gentle heavyweight title and beaten about a of the biggest names in the game.
The 43-year-historical returns to 185 pounds when he faces Fabian Edwards (9-2 MMA, 5-2 BMMA) in Friday’s Bellator 281 co-main occasion, which takes location at OVO Arena Wembley in London. The main card airs on Showtime following prelims on MMA Junkie.
“I’m no longer in this sport staunch for fun,” Machida instructed MMA Junkie Wednesday at Bellator 281 media day. “I’m here because I cherish it. Obviously, I feel very motivated to start my week and moreover I are looking out to climb the discontinue, I are looking out to be a champion, but as I acknowledged, to be champion is no longer the fundamental purpose. I are looking out to be a champion, but when it’s no longer possible, it’s OK. I even own to settle for the whole thing because I already did plenty.”
Machida will gaze to snap a three-fight shedding skid and despite the truth that he’s no longer taking a gaze past Edwards, he would be attracted to going during the winner of the title fight between middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi and Johnny Eblen at Bellator 282 in June. Machida and Mousasi already fought twice, with Machida successful in 2014 and Mousasi avenging his loss over 5 years later at Bellator 228.
“Sure I assume so, but I don’t own to claim anything sooner than,” Machida acknowledged about one other fight with Mousasi. “But after this fight, after this victory, for decided I beget Mousasi or the next champion would be the acceptable matchup for me.”