Machida says he can fight at 185
MANILA, Philippines – Former UFC light heavyweight Lyoto Machida said he will try his hand as a middleweight if the chance presents itself.
If fact, he believes he can compete in both the light heavyweight (205 pounds) the middleweight (185 pounds) divisions.
"Yeah, if I have a chance, I'd like to fight at 185 pounds," Machida, who is set to fight MMA legend Dan Henderson this weekend, said in MMA Fighting.
"Maybe I can fight in both classes, you know? Everybody saw when I drank water before [stepping on] the scale last time. I showed everyone I can, that I can drop down," he said.
When asked about the possibility of facing his teammate and reigning middleweight champion Anderson Silva, Machida said he doesn’t really think about it, noting that UFC does the match-making, not him.
"UFC can choose [an opponent] for me," Machida said. "Anderson has his deal and I have my deal."
The Japanese-Brazilian won the light heavyweight title when he knocked out Rashad Evans in 2009. However, he was toppled from his throne when he suffered a similar fate at the hands of Mauricio Rua in 2010.
Machida wants to beat Henderson so he can get another crack at the title.
"I think who wins, me or Dan Henderson, deserves the title shot," he said.