Friday, July 13, 2018
Lyoto Machida Moves to Bellator
Information technology consultant Jeff Lanford worked with Kids II in Atlanta, Georgia, building a wide range of skills in e-commerce and applications development. When not consulting on IT issues, Jeff Lanford enjoys watching a sports, including mixed martial arts. His favorite fighter is Lyoto Machida, a Japanese-Brazilian fighter who has been successful in both his 2018 bouts.
Lyoto Machida reached a verbal agreement with Bellator in June 2018 to join the mixed martial arts organization. His contract with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) ran out after his recent bout with Vitor Belfort, and the former UFC light heavyweight champion now has his eyes set on a Bellator belt. He still maintains friendly relationships with many UFC fighters and personnel, but considered the Bellator offer to be in his best business interests.
Machida has no specific fighter he is interested in fighting during his debut, but is interested in fighting as soon as possible. He would prefer to make his Bellator debut during September or October, and would like to have the chance to fight on the same card as his older brother, Chinzo Machida.