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Potential Lyoto Machida vs. Luke Rockhold UFC bout in preliminary discussions

A dynamite UFC middleweight match-up between Lyoto Machida and Luke Rockhold could happen sometime towards the end of this year.

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On last night's edition of UFC Tonight, Daniel Cormier, a teammate of Luke Rockhold at American Kickboxing Academy, broke the news that the UFC is trying to set up a bout between the former Strikeforce champion and Lyoto Machida. While its in the early stages of discussion, both men have expressed past interest in fighting each other, and Cormier even suggested that they square off in December:

"Luke Rockhold and Lyoto Machida is being discussed. Both are very open to it. I'd like to propose that they fight on UFC on FOX in Phoenix or the Pay Per View with Weidman and Belfort."

Machida (21-5) is coming off a thrilling but ultimately unsuccessful decision loss to Chris Weidman at UFC 175. The former LHW champion had previously beaten Mark Munoz and Gegard Mousasi en route to his middleweight title shot.

Rockhold (12-2) has won both of his fights via 1st round stoppage since his spinning kick KO loss to Vitor Belfort last May. He delivered a vicious, fight-ending body kick to Costa Philippou this past January and then followed that up by submitting Tim Boetsch at UFC 172.

If this fight does become official, I definitely agree with Cormier's suggestion to put it on the undercard of Weidman vs. Belfort, or at least the UFC on Fox show taking place one week later. It gives the UFC some flexibility as far as having either Machida or Rockhold as a replacement opponent in case something derails Weidman/Belfort, and it also can stand alone as a Fox main event.

We'll see how this works out, but I contend that this is the best non-title fight to make at 185 lbs, and I definitely hope we get to see Machida vs. Rockhold to close out the year.