Former UFC Champion Lyoto Machida has signed a multi fight deal with Bellator MMA. The news was first reported by Ariel Helwani of ESPN and later confirmed by MMA Junkie who also report that the UFC vet will jump into the mix of a title shot.
Lyoto Machida (24-8) had been competing in the UFC since 2007, making his debut at UFC 67. He went on to capture the UFC Light Heavyweight title in 2009 and successfully defended it against Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua before losing the title to him next in a rematch. He last fought at UFC 224 when he beat Vitor Belfort by front kick KO in Brazil.
According to MMA Junkie, Lyoto Machida will make his debut at some point in the fall and has expressed an interest in fighting at both Light Heavyweight and Middleweight.
“We always said we were going to go after every free agent that we like, and we really like Lyoto, and he will be a great fit for us,” Bellator President Scott Coker told MMA Junkie. “We’re excited to have him on board, and we can’t wait to put him to work.”