Lyoto Machida's next outing at Middleweight will come against Iranian born fighter Gegard Mousasi. The bout is expected to headline the Fight Night card in Brazil on February 8th and will be a five round match.
Machida is coming off an impressive first round head kick K.O against friend and training partner Mark Munoz. The fight was Lyoto's Middleweight debut, Machida was also replacing the injured Michael Bisping which makes the win that much more impressive.
'The Dream Catcher', a former multi-divisional Champion of Dream and former Strikeforce Light-Heavyweight boss, will be making his own Middleweight debut for the fight. Mousasi's previous outing was a unanimous decision win in April against last minute (disappointing) replacement Ilir Latifa in Sweeden.
The early odds for the bout have Machida as high as a 3/1 favourite. The fight could put the victor in line for a number one contender bout later on in the year. Do you think the odds are fair ?
Mousasi hasn't lost a fight in three years in the Light-Heavyweight division and will be dropping down to his more suited weight class at 185. The odds will no doubt reflect the mismatch in quality and name value of opponents each fighter has faced.
Gegard beat a relatively unknown Latifa in his UFC debut, it could be argued he hasn't faced a high level opponent since he lost his Strikeforce title against Muhammad 'King' Lawal. Mousasi has also battled with a knee injury early on in the year which required him to have surgery. Could that affect the outcome of the fight?
'The Dragon' on the other hand is 4-4 in his last eight outings in the UFC, fighting arguably top ten ranked opponents in seven out of eight of them.... sorry Randy. His last fight in Brazil though was a controversial loss to Phill Davis. Will Machida have similar bad luck as he did that night? Or will he be fired up because of his loss against Davis and make sure the judges don't play a part in the outcome of the fight ?