lyoto-machida-30.jpgMANCHESTER – Dana White seldom makes bookings for his fighters right after a show is over, but sometimes he starts to steer things in a direction if he can’t book a bout outright.

On Saturday, after Lyoto Machida stopped Mark Munoz with a “Knockout of the Night” head kick at UFC Fight Night 30, White had a pretty good idea of what he’d like to see Machida do next.

The UFC president said that if he took his executive hat off for a minute, a fight between Machida and fellow Brazilian Vitor Belfort is what he’d like to put together.

“It was huge. Huge,” White told MMAjunkie.com of Machida’s win over Munoz. “I think, and I’m just talking here as a fan, not as a promoter, I think a lot of people want to see him and Vitor Belfort. That would be a fun fight. Vitor’s got to win down in Brazil. And who knows – (Machida) could fight someone else before that. But I’m just saying, as a fan, and speaking for many fans, that’s the fight they want to see. At least that’s what everyone was screaming at me on the way out of the arena tonight.”

Machida took a mostly indifferent stance, which is typical of many fighters.

“I don’t know (who I want to fight next),” Machida said. “My boss, he can decide.”

And when White heard that, he took advantage, pushing the potential Brazilian vs. Brazilian matchup a little further.

“He said he wants to fight Vitor Belfort – that’s what he said,” White replied.

“Yeah, that’s what I said,” Belfort said in retort.

Belfort (23-10 MMA, 12-6 UFC) next month meets Dan Henderson (29-10 MMA, 6-4 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 31 in Brazil.

Machida stepped in on a month’s notice to fight Munoz in England after Michael Bisping had to pull out due to a detached retina. The fight was the former light heavyweight champion’s first at middleweight, and it was an impressive start. Many believed a win over Munoz would fast-track Machida to the type of fight that would have him fighting for a title again, but at 185 pounds and not 205.

Earlier in the week, Bisping said he would be interested in fighting the Machida-Munoz winner – perhaps even in London in March when the UFC returns to the U.K. But White said that’s a long shot.

“I love Mike Bisping, but here’s the thing – he’s out for six months,” White said. “Have you seen his eye? His eye is a mess. So he’s going to be out for a while. What he believes and what the doctor believes are two different things. When he becomes a doctor, then I’ll start listening to what he believes about his eye.” So while it appears Machida has some options being floated around, it will be a wait-and-see proposition for who he’ll get next.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 30, stay tuned to the UFC Events section of the site.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC 199 Countdown Video: Rockhold vs. Bisping 2

  • 26 days ago
  • 79 views

Luke Rockhold makes his first title defense, as Michael Bisping gets his long-awaited shot at the belt. UFC 199 Countdown takes you inside the lives and training camps. read news >>

UFC 199: Rockhold vs. Bisping Pre-Fight Press Conference Video Replay

  • 25 days ago
  • 9 views

Watch the replay of the UFC 199 pre-fight press conference. Dana White tried to hold things together as the main and co-main event fighters lobbed verbal bombs. read news >>

Dana White Unsure If He Can Sign McGregor-Diaz Rematch, Conor 'Obsessed'

  • 26 days ago
  • 12 views

Dana White is hard at work trying to land Conor McGregor his rematch against Nate Diaz, but the UFC president isn’t sure if he can get the pen to paper. White appeared on SportsCenter and The Herd wi read news >>

Ronda Rousey's Return Possibly Pushed Back to 2017, Says Dana White

  • 26 days ago
  • 2 views

The question of "When will Ronda Rousey return?" keeps getting more and more complicated. Speaking with Cari Champion on ESPN's SportsCenter (h/t MMAFighting.com for the transcription), UFC President read news >>

Dana White Declares Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz in Jeopardy, Might Have to Move On

  • 26 days ago
  • 20 views

Dana White on Thursday admitted that, with Nate Diaz negotiations stalling out, Conor McGregor may have to move on from his desire for a rematch. read news >>

Ronda Rousey Undergoes Surgery, Might Not Make UFC Return Until 2017

  • 26 days ago
  • 32 views

Ronda Rousey underwent surgery on Wednesday, which UFC president Dana White said could delay her return until 2017. read news >>

Dana White Talks About Problems in Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz Negotiations

  • 25 days ago
  • 530 views

UFC President Dana White has had some problems negotiating recently with two of the UFC's biggest fighters. UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor, perhaps the most famous fighter in MMA today, se read news >>

Nick Barnes Ready to Make a Splash at RFA 38 in Front of UFC President Dana White

  • 25 days ago
  • 5 views

Nick Barnes tends to rise to the occasion. That's something he intends to do with UFC president Dana White in attendance at RFA 38 on Friday night. read news >>

VIDEO: UFC President Dana White Weighs in on the Passing of Muhammad Ali

  • 24 days ago
  • 156 views

Following the passing of boxing legend Muhammad Ali on Friday, UFC president Dana White talked about the man that changed the face of combat sports. read news >>

Watch Nate Diaz Hit Dana White with the ‘Stockton Slap’

  • 23 days ago
  • 28 views

Well, looks like Dana White and Nate Diaz are getting along. So much that Dana's letting Nate smack that hell out of him. read news >>