Lyoto Machida's manager Ed Soares told MMAWeekly.com this week about Lyoto Machida's future intentions:
“He's out here training, we're ready to go right now,” said Soares. “He's ready to fight whoever, he wants to fight the best too.”
A few different names have been mentioned as possible opponents, including Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Forrest Griffin, while there are others that intrigue the former champion as well.
One name that popped up was former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin, who just knocked out Chuck Liddell in June, and could be looking for a big fight at 205 pounds. Franklin and Machida actually fought in 2003 in Japan in what was Machida's third professional fight.
“That could be a big fight,” Soares said about a fight with Franklin. “At the end of the day that's the first guy who gave Rich Franklin his first loss, maybe Rich Franklin would like to avenge that. That could be a good fight.”
“You know what I think would be interesting is how about a Vitor Belfort?” said Soares. “Vitor Belfort/Lyoto Machida? I think Vitor now will get another fight before he fights Anderson Silva. Put it this way, anything can happen, you never know.”