Although Lyoto Machida has competed in three UFC championship fights, two of which he entered the cage as the light heavyweight king, the soon-to-be 33-year-old realizes the stakes may be higher now more than ever.
Octagon president Dana White said earlier this year the former 205-pound champ is facing a “must-win” situation against MMA legend Randy Couture at UFC 129. Prior to his last two outings, Machida was perfect through his first 16 professional fights.
White wouldn’t dare ‘Exit the Dragon’ for posting the reverse trifecta, would he?
“Of course. UFC considers the incomes a lot, the profits, and if I’m not pleasing the fans anymore, they won’t feel sorry for me,” Machida told Tatame. “That’s why I’ve always invested in me a lot and it won’t be any different now. If I did a lot [before], I’ll do a lot more now. I’ll give my best trying to win.”
While he has spent time at Black House Gym in Southern California, as well as the talented American Kickboxing Academy just up the I-5 in San Jose prior to his last fight, Machida will hold his camp in Brazil this time around. Although Machida’s homeland offers plenty of talented partners to choose from, his job’s on the line and he promises to scour the globe to get exactly what he needs.
“If I have to bring the best professionals, I will,” a determined Machida stated. “I’ll be far, geographically, but I can bring the guys to help me here in Belem.”
UFC 129 takes place April 30th inside the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada.