Lyoto Machida wants to fight another former UFC champion in his next bout.
After knocking out Vitor Belfort in the second round of their middleweight contest at UFC 224 on Saturday, “The Dragon” once again called out Michael Bisping.
Bisping has been contemplating retirement since a first-round stoppage loss to Kelvin Gastelum last November — which followed a title loss to Georges St-Pierre just weeks prior — but Machida said that if “The Count” wants to step away from the sport, he needs to take one more fight, against him, first.
“Michael Bisping, I’m still waiting for you, man. I want to do this fight,” Machida said in his post-fight interview on pay-per-view at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “If you want to retire, you gotta fight me first.”
Machida asked to fight Bisping after his recent decision win over rising prospect Eryk Anders at UFC Belem in February. He further explained why he wanted that certain fight against his fellow former titleholder.
“That’s a fight that should have happened in the past, and it didn’t,” Machida said in February at the event’s post-fight press conference. “It’s just a matter of, he might retire sometime soon, I could retire sometime soon, and people ask for that fight. So it’s a fight that interests me.”
Bisping said he was interested in the Machida bout after the Brazilian’s call-out, but it ultimately did not come to fruition. Last week, the Brit said that he still wasn’t sure whether he’d ever fight again — and that if he does, it wouldn’t be at 185 pounds.
With the Belfort victory, Machida is riding his first two-fight winning streak since early 2014.