Lyoto Machida will make his first foray into the UFC’s middleweight division when he faces Tim Kennedy on November 6. Machida, the former UFC light heavyweight champion, has fought at the light heavyweight limit since making his professional debut in 2003.
By the sounds of things, Machida isn’t the least bit worried about dropping 20 pounds for his next fight. Machida, unlike many fighters that contemplate dropping to a lower weight division, has not performed a test cut. In fact, it seems as if Machida hasn’t thought about the weight cut at all. Speaking to MMAFighting.com, Machida said:
I didn’t cut down to 185 pounds yet, but I believe it won’t be too hard because of my body structure. I guess I’ll just cut down for the weigh-in. It’s hard to train when you focus on cutting weight. But who knows, maybe I’ll try the cut two months before the fight to see how my body will react in training. It’s actually a good idea, I’ll think about it.
That’s a very relaxed attitude. While Machida is confident in his ability to hit the 185-pound target, that "whatever" attitude seems like a very risky way to head into a new weight division, especially a weight division where he could waltz directly into the top ten with a victory over Kennedy.
Machida has never been the biggest light heavyweight, and there has always been speculation that he could easily make the cut to middleweight, but speculation and reality are two very different animals.
There will be a lot of eyes on Machida when he steps on the scale on November 5 in Fort Campbell, Kentucky.