Lyoto Machida vs. Gegard Mousasi Booked For February UFC In Brazil


Amidst speculation that Lyoto Machida would face off with Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort in his next bout at middleweight, it appears that he has found another top-flight opponent altogether.

“The Dragon” will face off with former DREAM middleweight champion Gegard “The Dreamcatcher” Mousasi at a yet-to-be-named event on February 8 in Jaragua do Sol, Brazil. The UFC officially announced the bout today, and the event will air live on Fox Sports 2.

Mousasi immediately started his campaign for a fight with Machida directly after “The Dragon’s” headkick knockout over Mark Munoz at last weekend’s UFC Fight Night 30 in Manchester.

Apparently, that campaign worked wonders.

Mousasi was last seen dispatching the little-known Ilir Latifi at UFC on Fuel TV 6. News arose that he had a torn ACL, which he is currently recovering from. Mousasi hinted at a drop down to 185 lbs.; now he’ll face off against arguably the toughest test of his career in February.

Machida is already making huge waves at his new weight class. His striking power appears to be amplified with the weight cut, and a win over former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Mousasi will undoubtedly have him knocking on the door of a middleweight title shot.

Who wants to see Machida fight the winner of Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva? Probably a few fight fans put there wouldn’t object to it. Of course, Mousasi could throw a wrench into those plans with a big win in Brazil. Let us know your thoughts on the blockbuster bout below.

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  • I am the happiest guy in ten towns. 🙂

    • Me also, I'm placing my bet that Machida knocks him out.

      • Zip

        Interesting Entity. I'll not make such bold predictions, nor consider past match-ups, wins/losses etc. I'll simply wait until the staff makes their unified picks, then pick opposite. Guaranteed win 🙂

  • D

    This is the probably worst matchup in the middleweight division for me. And it has to be in Brazil too?

  • WOWOWOW, this is a fight I can't wait to see. Serious fan pleaser here. Especially on Machida's move taking a fight that is a serious threat from someone who is unknown to casual and new fans and also isn't as highly ranked. This fight should be a serious display of striking

  • Great fight! Mousasi is the real deal! He will repeat what he did to Babalu. Poor Machida!

  • I got Mousasi… THIS is gonna be a S.C.R.A.P. ladies and gentlemen!!!

    • lol, gave you your "weak" back 8))

      • Lol… thanks but you're gonna look stupid after Mousasi takes Machida out… just wait! 😉

  • You guys are seriously getting ahead of yourselves here. He hasnt even fought a top 15 guy and you think he's gonna beat Machida? seriously? It was like 4 fights ago he has a draw with Keith Jardine and got beat by King Mo….but good luck to you.

    • Dude, the Dream ripped apart King Mo from the bottom. Mo was on top doing nothing. That fight was a horrible display of reffing. The Jardine fight was a joke, even with the point deducted I had Mousasi winning that fight hands down.

      • lol, we know, and many folks still think they can travel to the sun if they leave at night. 8))

  • I'm the biggest Machida Fan out there but still, i love that fight but i'm a bit scared for Machida. Mousasi is NO JOKE at all. I can't wait to see that fight. I remember dreaming about Shogun vs Mousasi (back when shogun was the champ) and Machida vs Mousasi (back when Machida was the champ). Couldn't be more pleases, i hope nobody gets injured and we don't get to see instead a Mousasi vs Kennedy or some sh1t like that.

  • This is a dream match up. I give Machida the edge but this fight could go either way. I'll be on the edge of mt seat for this one.

  • Mousasi is on another level then Machida. A much lower level. Easy Winford's Machida will look like Machida Silva. Mousasi will try to take shoguns approach and be koed.

  • If an opponent of Machida isn't considerably stronger or bigger than him, Machida will win.

    However this is Mousasi we're talking about…

    … my intention is not to take anything away from Mousasi… I believe the step up to Machida, whilst coming back from an injury will be slightly too much for him.

    Whoever wins… this will be a great fight for fans who have a technical and tactical appreciation, which both of these gentlemen embody.

  • I don't think Machida will be able to knock out Mousasi. I give the striking edge to the Dream, plus his ground work is great, and his wrestling just evolved very quickly. Don't forget he fought at 205 and now going back down to 185, i'm not sure how the weight cut is going to effect him. I remember he was talking about going up in weight not too long ago. The dude is a monster. I think he has world class striking. The dude knocked down Kyotaro Fujimoto, if that's not impressive I don't know what is.

  • I think this might be like Rory vs Jake. Neither like to initiate the action.