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Lyoto Machida taking time off, wants Bisping upon return

Lyoto Machida taking time off, wants Bisping upon return

September 27, 2015

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.

Machida hopes to return in January or February. Bisping meets Robert Whittaker atUFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia on Nov. 15.

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.”

Source: MMAJunkie