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

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

Quick Results: UFC Brasilia | FIGHTLAND

  • 29 days ago

Cris Cyborg Dominates Lina Lansberg Lina Lansberg left the Octagon beaten and battered after two rounds despite claiming that she would be the one cutting Cris Cyborg in their main event clash in Bra read news >>

Quick Results: UFC Brasilia | FIGHTLAND

  • 29 days ago

Cris Cyborg Dominates Lina Lansberg Lina Lansberg left the Octagon beaten and battered after two rounds despite claiming that she would be the one cutting Cris Cyborg in their main event clash in Bra read news >>

Vitor Belfort vs. Gegard Mousasi: A Head-to-Toe Breakdown

  • 21 days ago

UFC 204 will be headlined by a middleweight title fight between Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson, but the main event is not the only meaningful bout to be contested at 185 pounds. Vitor Belfort and read news >>

Vitor Belfort vs. Gegard Mousasi: UFC 204 Countdown Video |

  • 21 days ago

UFC 204 Countdown gives you an inside look into the UFC 204 co-main event between middleweight contenders Vitor Belfort and Gegard Mousasi. read news >>

Watch Gegard Mousasi Take Out Mark Munoz (UFC 204 Free Fight) |

  • 20 days ago

Watch as Gegard Mousasi got his first UFC finish when he submitted Mark Munoz in a UFC Fight Night main event in Germany. read news >>

Video: Hardy, Gooden break down UFC 204's Vitor Belfort vs. Gegard Mousasi co-main event

  • 20 days ago

On Saturday, two veteran middleweights and former champions square off in the UFC 204 co-main event.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Zak Ottow Steps in to Face Sergio Moraes at UFC Sao Paulo |

  • 19 days ago

Sergio Moraes was left without a UFC Fight Night Sao Paulo opponent when Michael Graves was removed from the event after being charged with domestic violence. read news >>

Gegard Mousasi: 'Vitor Belfort Not That Explosive Off TRT' |

  • 19 days ago

Gegard Mousasi doesn't think his UFC 204 opponent, Vitor Belfort, is that explosive since going off the controversial use of Testosterone Replacement Therapy. read news >>

UFC 204: Gegard Mousasi vs. Vitor Belfort In-Depth Breakdown

  • 19 days ago

UFC 204 is coming up soon and the main event is a bit of a letdown to fans of competitive matchups. Join us as we take an in-depth look at one of the more compelling fights on the card.The UFC's read news >>

Gegard Mousasi: Win over 'not at his best' Belfort puts me nowhere in middleweight title picture

  • 18 days ago

MANCHESTER, England – Beating former UFC champion Vitor Belfort should be a meaningful accomplishment. But apparently Gegard Mousasi doesn’t see it that way.Filed under: Featured, Featured Videos, Ne read news >>