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The return of the Dragon

Saturday night's main event between Lyoto Machida and Mark Munoz proved a lot of things. It also answered any questions about Machida dropping a weight class.

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The first round knockout of Munoz, proved the Dragon is back. He looked like he is in the best shape of his life, while making his middleweight debut. It truly was a thing of beauty the way Lyoto set the head kick up with two brutal body kicks. The second of which bent Munoz over, it was only a matter of time before one went to the head. Granted it wasn't a clean KO as Mark was not "out cold". Yet if you think of the raw power Machida generates with a kick, it's mind blowing. To do that kind of damage through a block is pretty remarkable.

The second thing this fight proved, is that you can fight friends. The amount of respect shown by Lyoto in this fight should shut any MMA critic up. I know it won't, because they won't give anything positive a second glance.

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The way Lyoto held back, and didn't hit Munoz with another shot was perfect. It shows that you can fight friends. As much as it would suck to KO your friend, sometimes you just have to do what you have to do. I think with so many fighters switching weight classes, we are bound to see it more and more.

Whoever the Dragon fights next, my eyes will be glued to the screen. With Dana wanting a Machida vs Vitor Belfort fight, I only see big things happening in the middleweight division.

I have no doubt that Machida belongs in MW. It has been said that Machida will not fight Anderson Silva. This leads me to believe that Silva has some kind of plan. My thoughts are that he retires after the Chris Weidman rematch, or he has plans on moving to LHW. Either one would not really surprise me. There is no way Machida would drop to MW, and have no intention of getting that belt.

\The FanPosts are solely the subjective opinions of Bloody Elbow readers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloody Elbow editors or staff.

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