Lyoto Machida initiating to karate match with Stephen Thompson after focused on Georges St-Pierre
Lyoto Machida will change into a MMA free agent after his upcoming Bellator bout with Fabian Edwards in London on Can also 13, and would perhaps alternate sports activities going forward.
The man that modified ideas in MMA by bringing his karate style, and turned UFC light heavyweight champion with a flawless file, talked about on a recent episode of MMA Fighting’s Portuguese-language podcast Trocação Franca he’s eager on going support to karate if an staunch provide is presented to him.
“The Dragon” talked about he has been approached about competing in submission events in the past, however turned it down since it wasn’t leveled up. He would be all of ways in which down to facing a fellow MMA big title, however didn’t just like the root of being thrown on the wolves to grapple top shadowy belts like Gordon Ryan and Craig Jones.
Yet, must you’re talking karate fits, it’s an whole other sport.
“The circulation doesn’t close at Karate Combat, in recount that favors me,” Machida talked about. “With that in suggestions, I don’t care too considerable who’s on the opposite side since it’s an artwork I dominate, an artwork the build the circulation doesn’t close and there’s more contact. It doesn’t topic if the particular person will touch my face because I’ll fire support, too. It’s like MMA, like minded a little bit of more restrict in the case of guidelines.”
Karate Combat president Adam Kovacs talked about on Monday’s The MMA Hour that they’ll meet with Machida on Thursday to chat about potentially signing him for fits after his Bellator deal is up. Machida talked about on Trocação Franca he became as soon as supplied a unique take care of Bellator however opted to envision free company as a change.
“Stephen Thompson is a MMA man [that I could face]. [Or] Georges St-Pierre,” Machida talked about. “But Georges St-Pierre became as soon as supplied it final time and didn’t wish to keep it. [Karate Combat] crucial to e book it in the break, after my [Bellator] contract is over, however he has other plans. I deem he’s without a doubt completed his occupation as an athlete. [Karate Combat] known as me and requested if I’d fight Georges St-Pierre and I talked about for sure, and St-Pierre talked about, ‘No, I’ve other projects.’”
Machida doesn’t deem for a second that turning down such concept way GSP is “horrified” of him, however it without a doubt would perhaps no longer fabricate sense, alternate-vivid, for the Canadian big title to enter the karate world like minded now to compete.
How about UFC welterweight Stephen Thompson, then?
“Then it’s various,” Machida talked about. “Stephen Thompson is active, he’s youthful, and he wants it. Let’s watch what Karate Combat does in the break, however first I wish to fight my fight in Bellator.”