Lyoto Machida is aware of really perfectly who he’s preventing Friday night.
The former UFC gentle heavyweight champion is set to rematch former Bellator titleholder Phil Davis in the principal occasion of Bellator 245. It’s a rematch that stems from UFC 163 back in 2013, a battle “The Dragon” received through choice.
Machida (26-9 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) expects Davis to test to manage him like he did the very first time.
“Of class he’s going to consider to choose me down due to the fact he likes to score points,” Machida explained to MMA Junkie. “He likes to management the combat, but that’s my task. My task is to not permit him battle. Which is it.”
Machida will get a excellent chance to even out the score towards Davis, anything he’s hardly ever completed in his job. Prior to this matchup, Machida has hardly ever been booked to struggle another person he’s previously defeated.
Despite the chance, the veteran is not out for revenge and did not look for the scheduling.
“Bellator available me,” Machida explained. “I’ve by no means had a feeling of revenge in my everyday living, so for me anything that’s handed, presently handed. There is no have to have to dwell on that, my intellect is free of charge of that, and I got the option because Bellator offered me. It is a excellent combat for me.
“Even even though we experienced a struggle seven several years in the past, now it’s a totally distinctive combat because we’re different fighters in numerous phrases. Combat model you can alter a bit but when you are chatting about particular person or fighters so lots of detail transform so you have to considered that.”
Machida was very last witnessed in actin in September of 2019, where by he misplaced a split final decision to Gegard Mousasi. Even though it is been a year layoff for the 42-12 months-old, Machida is feeling on position getting into Bellator 245.
“I sense great since the pandemic,” Machida claimed. “I have not stopped teaching. Like I have mentioned, it’s a way of living it’s not about the competitors. I love to train, I enjoy to be in the academy, and I truly feel really good. I come to feel like I’m all set to struggle. I had a great camp and now I’m just waiting around for Friday.”