Lyoto Machida didn't escape the cage unscathed. | File photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com


Lyoto Machida’s title prospects may now hinge upon the health of his left foot.

The Brazilian injured his oft-used appendage in the main event of UFC Fight Night 36, in which “The Dragon” took a unanimous decision from Gegard Mousasi at Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Brazil.

“I don’t know exactly what happened, but maybe in the third round I did some kicking, and he defended with his knee,” Machida told Fox Sports after the victory. “I don’t know if I broke my foot. I just tried to keep my focus on the fight, because I knew he was a tough opponent, and I tried my best.”

Machida used that left foot expertly throughout the contest, dictating distance and connecting with kicks both high and low over the course of the 25-minute contest.

“Sometimes [Mousasi] keeps his hands down, and I saw that I could kick him,” said Machida. “I started to kick his head, his body and his leg. I know he’s a good opponent who fought in K-1, but I’m very confident in my kicks.”

The victory marked Machida’s second appearance at 185 pounds after an extended run at light heavyweight, during which he captured and lost the UFC title. The karate black belt was even more impressive in his middleweight debut this past October, when he knocked out former training partner Mark Munoz with a first-round head kick.

“I’ve found my weight. Before, when I fought at 205, there were a lot of big guys,” said Machida. “In this class, I feel like a big guy. Mousasi, for example, is shorter than me. I can fight against everybody, and it’s no problem for me, because I can put my technique and my strength together.”

Machida now stands as one of two apparent top contenders for the middleweight crown, with Ronaldo Souza serving as the other potential challenger for the winner of Chris Weidman’s upcoming title defense against Vitor Belfort. While the condition of Machida’s foot is still unknown, the karateka said he will be ready for whatever the UFC has planned.

“I don’t know who deserves the title shot,” said Machida. “Dana White is the boss, and he can decide everything. I think I deserve the title shot, too. We’ll see.”

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Morning Report: Dan Henderson wants rematches with Anderson Silva, Vitor Belfrot and Gegard Mousasi

  • 22 days ago
  • 15 views

Dan Henderson might be 44 but he's got fights lined up for years. Henderson signed a new six-fight deal with the UFC early in 2014 and reportedly took a decent pay cut to stick with the promotion fol read news >>

Manager suggests ‘Jacare’ Souza vs. Yoel Romero to determine next UFC middleweight contender

  • 25 days ago
  • 26 views

Yoel Romero dispatched Lyoto Machida at UFC Fight Night 70, and Ronaldo Souza could again be booked against the American Top Team star. Romero finished the former light heavyweight champion with vici read news >>

Lyoto Machida not retiring, underwent surgery on Sunday

  • 26 days ago
  • 21 views

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida won't be calling it quits after getting beaten up by Yoel Romero, but he did undergo surgery. It appears that Lyoto Machida will continue to keep f read news >>

Lyoto Machida undergoes surgery following Yoel Romero loss, vows to keep fighting

  • 26 days ago
  • 28 views

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida dropped to middleweight in late 2013 and after a couple of impressive wins, took a complete nosedive, losing three of hi read news >>

Lyoto Machida undergoes surgery, does not plan on retirement

  • 27 days ago
  • 16 views

Lyoto Machida had his second straight bad night in the Octagon last weekend at UFC Fight Night 70. He came out of his third-round TKO loss to Yoel Romero with a broken nose, less than three months af read news >>

The Beaten Path: 5 MMA Prospects to Watch in July

  • 27 days ago
  • 6 views

Another month of MMA, another month of high-end prospects plying their craft in hopes of grabbing the attention of a major MMA organization. Between Titan FC, One Championship, Invicta and RFA, there read news >>

Ratings report: Yoel Romero's win over Lyoto Machida draws 909,000 viewers on Fox Sports 1

  • 28 days ago
  • 2 views

Saturday night's UFC Fight Night 70, headlined by Yoel Romero's win over Lyoto Machida did 909,000 viewers, down from 950,000 from the Dan Henderson vs. Tim Boetsch show on June 6. But what was notab read news >>

UFC fighter rankings: Yoel Romero rises to top 3 in middleweight division

  • 28 days ago
  • 4 views

Yoel Romero's big win over Lyoto Machida makes him a top 3 middleweight contender in the eyes of the UFC rankings panel. The final UFC rankings update for two weeks is here, and the big movement come read news >>

UFC Fight Night 70 Medical Suspensions: Lyoto Machida Sidelined Indefinitely

  • 28 days ago
  • 9 views

UFC Fight Night 70 main eventer Lyoto Machida not only had his run back into title contention derailed on Saturday night, he also received an indefinite suspension. read news >>

UFC Fight Night 70 medical suspensions: Lyoto Machida suspended indefinitely after brutal TKO loss

  • 29 days ago
  • 140 views

Former UFC champion Lyoto Machida was one of two fighters to receive indefinite medical suspensions from the Florida State Boxing Commission in the aftermath of UFC Fight Night 70. Machida suffered h read news >>