Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida is fresh off of his second victory at his new weight of 185 pounds. He won a unanimous decision over Gegard Mousasi at the recent UFC Fight Night 36 event in Brazil, which followed his win over Mark Munoz, both upper echelon middleweight fighters.
His success at middleweight has quickly propelled Machida to the top of the list of potential contenders for the belt currently wrapped around UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman‘s waist.
Weidman is currently slated to fight Vitor Belfort at UFC 173 on May 24 in Las Vegas, but the focus right now is on who is next? Will it be Machida, or will it be his countryman Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, who was also victorious at UFC Fight Night 36.
While Machida has by most accounts been the leading contender, with Weidman vs. Belfort already on tap, there is growing momentum in a call for Machida and Jacare to square off with the winner getting a crack at the belt.
Even Machida indicated in a recent interview that he is okay with that scenario.
“I can fight Jacare if everybody wants it,” Machida told UFC Tonight on Wednesday night. “I have waited a long time just for title. If I have to do one more fight, I can do.”