Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida was never really a threat to leave the promotion he has called home for the past several years.
But, just to make sure, the UFC inked “The Dragon” to a new deal recently. Machida will face Gegard Mousasi in February at UFC Fight Night from Brazil.
“It’s a done deal,” posted Ed Soares, manager for Machida, on Twitter. “Thank you Lorenzo Fertitta, Dana White, UFC.”
Machida (20-4) is coming off a win over Mark Munoz in his middleweight debut. He joined the UFC back in 2007 and won his first eight Octagon bouts, including a knockout of Rashad Evans to become champion.
After dropping the title to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Machida earned himself a rematch for the belt in 2011, but was topped by Jon Jones. He went 2-1 before making the move to 185 pounds.