Now that former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida has made a splash in his UFC middleweight debut, it seems like everybody and their mother is busy arranging his next scrap.
Gegard Mousasi (pictured) is the first notable fighter to request a tango with “The Dragon.”
“I want to make an impact in MW division and fight Machida!” posted on Twitter.
Mousasi has achieved great success throughout his career competing at middleweight and light heavyweight. He made his UFC debut by cruising past Ilir Latifi in a 205-pound affair.
Mousasi hasn’t fought at middleweight since taking Dream’s Middleweight Grand Prix five years ago, but it seems he’s more than happy to shed the excess 20 pounds required for a chance to advance his career with a win over Machida.
Mousasi underwent knee surgery after beating Latifi in April. No word when “The Dreamcatcher” is expected to resume his career. From the sound of things, it appears Mousasi is ready to return to action sooner than later.
UFC president Dana White already has an ideal matchup set for Machida, but it’s possible Mousasi could still play a part in the Brazilian’s future given the timing of things.
“I think, and I’m just talking here as a fan, not as a promoter, I think a lot of people want to see him and Vitor Belfort,” White stated after Machida KO’d Mark Munoz. “That would be a fun fight. Vitor’s got to win down in Brazil. And who knows, [Machida] could fight someone else before that.
“I’m just saying, as a fan, and speaking for many fans, that’s the fight they want to see. At least that’s what everyone was screaming at me on the way out of the arena [on Saturday].”
Belfort headlines UFC Fight Night 31 opposite Dan Henderson in just 12 days.