Lyoto Machida will be a free agent next time he leaves the Bellator cage.
“The Dragon” revealed on this week’s episode of MMA Fighting’s Portuguese-language podcast Trocação Franca that he only has one bout left in his contract with the promotion and plans on testing the market later this year.
“[Bellator] came to us and said, ‘Let’s renew [the contract] one more time if Lyoto wants to,’ and whatever, and we said no, let’s fight this one first and then we’ll see,” Machida said. “Every fight is a different fight for me. I saw it that way in the past, and even more now.”
The former UFC light heavyweight champion left the UFC on a two-fight winning streak over Vitor Belfort and Eryk Anders and signed with Bellator in 2018. He went on to defeat Rafael Carvalho and Chael Sonnen before dropping decisions to middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi and 205-pound rematches with Phil Davis and Ryan Bader.
we need Machida vs Rashad 2 in Eagle
(Sips from tea cup of urine, pinky extended)
That’s what I’m talking about
I didn’t even know Machida was still fighting