Let’s face it, the middleweight division is currently stacked, and more crowded with contenders than it’s ever been. It will likely take Belfort quite some time to receive another title shot, which is why a fun fight with fellow Brazilian, and fellow former champion Lyoto Machida may make sense.
Machida currently sits at No. 5 in the rankings, and despite coming off of two brutal stoppage losses, he would provide a suitable and respectable test to see where “The Phenom” is at. Also, matching the two Brazilians up against each other would provide for an entertaining fight between two of the best strikers of all-time.