Lyoto Machida Wants To Fight Fedor Emelianenko, And Bellator Is Down

Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida signed with UFC rival Bellator MMA this week, and the future looks bright.

With his inclusion to the Bellator ranks, Machida joins recent UFC defectors, Rory MacDonald, Gegard Mousasi, Rampage Jackson, Ryan Bader, Roy “Big Country” Nelson, Benson Henderson, Matt Mitrione, Chael Sonnen and more.

Now, as details become more clear about how Bellator views Lyoto Machida’s role, president Scott Coker had some pretty interesting tid-bits to reveal.

Check it out:

“Lyoto told me one thing, he wanted to fight in both weight classes, and he wanted to stay busy and will fight anybody.”

“We have a good 205 lb division for him to compete in, and we have good 185’ers for him to compete with. I think that one of the fights I’d love to see is maybe the winner of Gegard vs Rory fight at some point next year.”

“He told me he wants to fight Fedor as well, so we’ll see. We have a lot of good fights ahead for him.

“Let’s see how Fedor comes out in the tournament. He’s got his hands full with Chael, and if he becomes the champ, and Lyoto wants to fight Fedor, why not? Why wouldn’t we put that fight together? It would be a lot of fun.”

Here’s his full interview: