Former UFC champion Lyoto Machida wants no easy fights during his time in Bellator. After accepting to meet former Bellator middleweight titleholder Rafael Carvalho, ‘The Dragon’ openly accepted a rematch with its curren champ, Gegard Mousasi, who called the Brazilian out after a successful title defense at Bellator 206, against Rory MacDonald.
Machida, who already defeated Mousasi via unanimous decision back in 2014, told Fox Sports he’d be happy to give Gegard a second chance.
“Let’s make the second fight happen, then. Mousasi has that loss stuck in his throat. In interview he says he’s upset, that he wants to fight me. It’ll be a pleasure, because my goal is the Bellator belt. I’m not here to play around, to have small fights. I’m here to be the champion. I have a very serious appointment in December, but yes I will think about the future. Rafael Carvalho deserves a lot of respect and seriousness in my camp. After that, you’re next, Mousasi. You better be strong or I’ll run over you.”
The way Machida sees it, a second fight with Mousasi wouldn’t differ too much from the first one. In Lyoto’s opinion, ‘The Dreamcatcher’ did not evolve too much from the first time they met.
“He’s very sour about it, but he’s the one who lost. We fought for five rounds, he started swinging, the fight was almost over and then time was up. I won the technical game. He wants a rematch, he wants to make sure, so we’ll go all out. I saw nothing unusual in Mousasi, he looks the same. He walks forwards, leans on his heels a lot. When he’s my problem, I’ll deal with him.”
Lyoto Machida is expected to take on Rafael Carvalho at Bellator 211, in Honolulu, Hawaii, on December 15.