After a rough stretch in the Octagon, Lyoto Machida is taking some time off.
The 37-year-old former UFC light heavyweight champion and current middleweight competitor suffered two bad losses in 2015. He took a beating from Luke Rockholdbefore being submitted in the second round of their UFC on FOX main event in 15 in Newark in April, then staged a quick turnaround and was brutally TKOd by Yoel Romero on June 27 in Florida.
So after the losses — not to mention surgeries after his past three fights, including nasal surgery in the days after the loss to Romero — Machida has decided it’s time to regroup.
MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani reported on Wednesday’s edition of UFC Tonight that Machida (22-7) wants a piece of Michael Bisping. According to “The Dragon,” Machida has nothing personal against Bisping, but believes it’s the right fight at the right time.
For his part, Bisping, co-hosting UFC Tonight, replied that he’d welcome a bout with Machida.
“A matchup between me and him is certainly something I’d be interested in,” Bisping said. “I have a lot of respect for him.”