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Lyoto Machida Plans To Stick To 205 For Time Being

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida is a relatively small 205-pound fighter. So, the question concerning a potential move to middleweight is an obvious one.

Machida, though, trains with the current UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, so his path to a title is more settled at light heavyweight.

“I walk around close to 205 pounds, so if I put in the work, I do think it’s possible to fight at 185,” said Machida, in an interview with MMAjunkie.com over the weekend. “But for now, I’m staying at 205. I’m eager to face (Jon) Jones again.”

Jones defended his title by submitting Machida late in 2011. “The Dragon” earned the title of No. 1 contender when he bested Ryan Bader earlier this year, but he declined a short notice fight with “Bones” for the belt.

Rumors have Machida (18-3) taking on Dan Henderson (29-8) in a No. 1 contender match later this year or early in 2013. Henderson is currently rehabbing a knee injury.

“I heard Dan Henderson’s knee is still hurt,” Machida said. “We very much want this fight, but the UFC gives me my assignments. I’d like to fight at least once before January.”

Photo credit: Esther Lin/MMA Fighting

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