Earlier this week, UFC Light Heavyweight fighter Luke Rockhold said he’s ready to step up and fight Chris Weidman for the title, in the event Belfort fails another drug test or gets injured before UFC 181 on December 6th. While Rockhold might have his sights set on Chris Weidman, there’s another top contender that’s calling him out.
In an interview with BloodyElbow.com this week, former Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida says he’s ready to fight again in October and named Rockhold as a potential opponent:
“I had no injuries against Weidman, after the fight I went back training moderately. In September I’ll start working hard and in October I’ll be able to have a fight. It’s up to the UFC to choose my opponent. I would like to face Rockhold. He’s a former Strikeforce champion, I respect him a lot. I don’t dislike him, we get along well, but it’s a fight that makes sense for both of us and for the fans, once we have good ranking positions and think on the belt.”
“I haven’t thought after my bout with Weidman about leaving the Middleweight division, not for a second. I want to still test myself against top 10 guys. Beside Rockhold, there are other fighters that I want to face but they have fights scheduled.”