Lyoto Machida, a free agent in UFC, names the ideal UFC opponents as her ‘farewell fight.


Lyoto Mchida would like to fight in the UFC his last bout.

Machida, a former UFC lightweight champion, left the UFC in 2018 following back-to-back victories over Eryk and Vitor Belfort. He joined Bellator. He was victorious against Rafael Carvalho and Chael Sonnen in his first appearances inside the Bellator cage, but lost his next four versus Gegard Mousasi, Phil Davis, Ryan Bader, and Fabian Edwards.

Machida revealed in an interview with Canal Encarada that his contract with Bellator “is over and I’m a free agent” — and he wants to end his career on a high note.

“I like the UFC a lot and I’ve always loved fighting there,” Machida said. “I know it’s not easy with the way the UFC works today, but I would love doing one final fight in the UFC, maybe in Brazil. Farewell fight. It was in the UFC that I had the most exposure, where I was champion, and I’m grateful for everything I lived there.”

“I had no conflicts with the UFC even when I left because I always respected their position as promoters, and that was very important because I knew my place,” he added. “The UFC is the biggest platform in MMA, can’t compare. I liked fighting in Bellator because I needed that change, but I’m in a different moment today.”

The 44-year-old veteran beat the likes of Mousasi, Bader, Dan Henderson, Rashad Evans, Mauricio Rua, Tito Ortiz, and Randy Couture during his legendary run inside the octagon, and has two names in mind for a farewell bout.

“There are many guys that fit well,” Machida said. “Luke Rockhold is a nice name, Robbie Lawler too, because they have a similar age and have similar interest in fighting one last time and retiring.”

Rockhold, who beat the Brazilian in 2014 to earn a title shot, recently returned to action after a three-year layoff to lose a decision to Paulo Costa, after which he retired.

Lawler will face Santiago Ponzinibbio, welterweight on December 10. This is almost one year since his victory over Nick Diaz. Bryan Barberena finished him this July.

“Everyone would love to see that,” Machida stated about potential fights with Rockhold or Lawler. “I’m in great shape, never entered a fight untrained. Every day I train