Lyoto Machida is set for his showdown against Derek Brunson later this month.

The clash would end his two year layoff from the sport following his 18-month suspension by the US Anti-Doping Agency. Machida (22-7 MMA, 14-7 UFC) admitted to using a banned substance before the scheduled UFC on FOX 19 fight. He last fought in mid-2015 but he is ready to face the lesser experienced Brunson (17-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC).

UFC fans expect a hungry Machida who would be returning to the sport on UFC Fight Night 119. The ex 205-pound champ and middleweight title challenger lost two straight times the last time he fought but he remains a revered fighter. He is the headliner for the fight and he would have the support of his native countrymen when he faces Brunson at Ibirapuera Gym in Sao Paulo. Read more »

Machida On Suspension And Money Fights

Lyoto Machida has himself become victim to being suspended for failing a drug test, but he states that it is good for a fighter in the long run.

He has been down in the dumps after he failed a test run by the US Anti Doping Agency. Being a former light heavyweight champion or king of the rings, this has made him disappear from the ring. He has become a faded name today as his fights are no longer seen to be scheduled in the landscape of MMA. At the time he was failing in a drug test he challenged the agency, openly but he has since then been absent from the Octagon which has left his fans in the dark. He has currently stated that the layoff has worked well for him in the long run. He admits that the suspension was hard to accept as the scene changes very fast in this sport and being left out makes it hard. Read more »


Lyoto Machida continues to be away from the fray in a busy UFC middleweight division for more than a year. It is also likely to be close to another year before he is able to jump back in it.

Machida (22-7 MMA, 14-7 UFC) has not fought since his knockout loss to Yoel Romero in July 2015 at UFC Fight Night 70. He was slated to fight Dan Henderson at UFC on FOX 19 in April but was withdrawn from the bout during fight week when he confessed to using of a prohibited substance.

The ex- UFC light-heavyweight champion and No. 9 fighter in the United States TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings, confessed to consuming 7‐keto-dehydroepiandrosterone (7‐keto‐DHEA), a hormonal supplement. In spite of the admission coming before he competed or had flunked a drug test, “The Dragon” consented to an 18-month suspension from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

The suspension doesn’t expire until October 2017, which means that Machida may have spent more than two years on the sidelines before he returns. The landscape of the 185-pound weight class may change considerably by then, and though champion Michael Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) is expected to make his subsequent defense against No. 2-ranked Romero ( 12-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC), Machida believes No. 4 ranked Ronaldo Souza (23-4 MMA, 6-1 UFC) who will hold the gold shortly afterward. Read more »

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