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Lyoto Machida suggests Luke Rockhold for his next fight in October

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"The Dragon" stated that he'll keep fighting in the Middleweight division and wants to work his way towards a title shot.

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Lyoto Machida wants to build his way back to another title shot in the UFC's Middleweight division.

After losing a unanimous decision to the champion Chris Weidman at UFC 175, "The Dragon" said through his press office that he targets a fight against Luke Rockhold to return to contendership.

"I had no injuries against Weidman, after the fight I went back training moderately. In September I'll start working hard and in October I'll be able to have a fight. It's up to the UFC to choose my opponent. I would like to face Rockhold. He's a former Strikeforce champion, I respect him a lot. I don't dislike him, we get along well, but it's a fight that makes sense for both of us and for the fans, once we have good ranking positions and think on the belt."

Lyoto plans to keep competing at 185-pound division:

"I haven't thought after my bout with Weidman about leaving the Middleweight division, not for a second. I want to still test myself against top 10 guys. Beside Rockhold, there are other fighters that I want to face but they have fights scheduled."

Rockhold fought most recently at UFC 172 on April 26, when he submitted Tim Boetsch in the first round. After being knocked out by Vitor Belfort at UFC on FX 8, the former Strikeforce Middleweight champion has made it clear that he wants a rematch against the only man that defeated him, but "The Phenom" will finally fight for the belt against Weidman, at UFC 181 in December.