Lyoto Machida rejects retirement talk


At the ripe age of 43, former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida is not ready to think about retiring from MMA just yet. In fact, it is quite the opposite.

“First of all, I would like to fight at middleweight.” Machida told Combate. “I want to fight John Salter, he has just fought Mousasi. I think it’s a good fight because of Salter’s rank. He was the last title challenger, he fought for the belt. The sky is the limit, we’re always thinking big,”

“I want to fight at middleweight, which is my division.” Machida continued. “The opportunity appeared and I took it. I thought it could be good because I like to stay active. That’s part of the reason why I wasn’t so active. I wanted to fight at middleweight, then they offered me the GP, then I got eliminated and all that contributed to me not fighting as much. I want to fight more in 2022, I train with everybody and I feel like I’m in good shape. That’s why I want to explore more. I want to expose myself more in my fights so I can finish my career.”




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