Lyoto Machida Replaces Vitor Belfort Against Chris Weidman at UFC 173


The Nevada State Athletic Commission banned Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) just a couple days ago and less than 24 hours after that, Vitor Belfort announced that he would be withdrawing from his middleweight championship fight against Chris Weidman.

Belfort explained why he dropped out of his highly anticipated fight with Weidman in this statement from his twitter:

“The Nevada State Athletic Commission recently altered its policy and no longer will permit testosterone use exemptions, and will not permit a TRT program. As other jurisdictions may follow suit, I am going to drop my TRT program and compete in MMA without it. Given the time constraints involved between now and my proposed next bout in May, I have determined not to apply for a license to fight in Nevada at this time.”

Now for the good news, Lyoto Machida has stepped up to replace Belfort and will fight Weidman for the middleweight title at UFC 173!

Come inside to read why I believe Machida matches up better against Chris Weidman than Anderson Silva!

Machida filling in for Vitor Belfort against Chris Weidman

Lyoto Machida is the former light heavyweight champion of the UFC who has recently moved down to the middleweight division making his debut against Mark Munoz who he made easy work of scoring a KO in the first round.

Machida’s last fight was against formable contender, Gegard Mousasi, who he also beat in a dominant decision. (Many argue otherwise, but I feel he clearly won that fight.)

Now on to the interesting part, why Lyoto Machida will be a more challenging opponent for Weidman than the legend Anderson Silva himself:

Even though Silva has arguably the best striking in MMA period, he doesn’t possess the same size and takedown defense that Machida does.

Lyoto is a legit light heavyweight and will not be in a size disadvantage against Weidman and has some of the best takedown defense in both divisions. Weidman was able to takedown the smaller Anderson Silva almost at will, but don’t expect that to be the case against the elusive and explosive Machida sporting a strong karate and sumo background.

Machida’s constant movement and angles will create problems for Weidman and I expect Lyoto to have a huge striking advantage in this fight.

Not only that but Lyoto has faced and defended takedowns against bigger opponents like Rampage Jackson, Ryan Bader, Rashad Evans and more.

This is going to be a hell of a fight guys and don’t count Machida out, I believe this is a bad match up for Chris Weidman and expect Lyoto to have a great chance of winning this fight.

With all the big talk I’ve been doing for Lyoto, I gotta leave you with this awesome highlight showing some of his skills:

Video Credit: UltimateHighlights

Anyways, I’m out, hope you enjoyed and keep it here at FightStarMMA for your daily source of MMA entertainment!



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