Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida never fails to prove why he has one of the biggest names in MMA making him UFC’s ace. Despite this, the celebrated fighter chose Bellator over UFC despite of his recent promotion’s matched offer.
Why Lyoto Machida Picks Bellator
Machida just recently signed a contract with Bellator, leaving behind his original promotions company, UFC. Apparently, UFC willingly matched Bellator’s offer to win back their prized fighter.
Despite this chivalrous act, “The Dragon” is a man of his word. Here’s his statement on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show:
“I went to Bellator and they made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. Everything was okay. UFC did match everything, but I was keeping my word to Scott Coker an Mike Kogan.”
Continuing he said:
“I am a man of my word. So when UFC did match everything, I couldn’t come back again. Scott Coker asked me how much I would like to receive for fight. So he said, ‘Lyoto, if I give that to you, will you jump aboard to Bellator?’ And I said yes. When I come back to UFC and tell everything that happened, UFC match everything, but you know I had gave my word to Scott Coker and Bellator and that is one of my principles so I can not go back on my word. So if I say something I have to do what I said.”
The 40-year-old fighter hasn’t given the fans a single clue that his last bout was his final UFC fight. It’s because Machida, aside from being a man of his word, also prefers doing thing close to his vest instead of putting everything in the public mouth.
Anyhow, the Brazilian combatant was riding a two-fight win streak inside the Octagon over the likes of Eryk Anders and Vitor Belfort, which made UFC lose a big fish upon his departure.
While Bellator has not yet released any detail on Machida’s debut with them, the fighter’s got a lot of interesting choices when it comes to the argument of who his initial opponent will be. In fact, ‘The Dragon” seems to have everything in place for him for both Bellator light heavyweight and middleweight titles.
This is because Machida currently holds decisive wins over both light heavyweight champ Ryan Bader and middleweight champ Gegard Mousasi.
Do you have anyone in mind for Machida to fight first with Bellator?