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Lyoto Machida knows what it feels like to reach the top of the mountain.

In his seventh fight with the UFC, Machida knocked out Rashad Evans to become UFC light heavyweight champion in what was dubbed at the time as the beginning of ‘The Machida Era’.

Unfortunately, Machida’s reign lasted for only one more fight before he had the title taken from him by Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Twice since then, Machida has fought for UFC gold only to come up short on both occasions.

Now as he approaches what may be another No. 1 contender’s bout this weekend against Luke Rockhold at FOX UFC Fight Night in New Jersey, Machida is ready to earn his fourth shot at the gold since joining the promotion, with plans to add a second title reign.

“I think whoever wins the fight will go for the title. I’m very excited for that. I had a great camp and I’m very confident for this fight,” Machida told FOX Sports.

“I believe I’m the next for the title. I believe I can fight the champion. I already have experience fighting for the title at 185 and I think it will be different if I fight (Chris) Weidman again.”

— Lyoto Machida

Machida fell to the current middleweight champion last July, with Weidman coming out on top after a hard-fought, five-round battle. Weidman has his own test at UFC 187 when he faces Vitor Belfort in a highly anticipated showdown between two of the best in the world at 185 pounds.

Machida sees ways for both fighters to win the fight although he believes if it’s over early it favors Belfort and if it goes to decision it definitely favors Weidman.

“I think both of them have a chance. Both of them are very experienced fighters,” Machida said. “In the fight, Vitor Belfort has more of a chance (early) because he’s a very explosive fighter. He can punch more, he hits hard, but I think if the fight goes into the third, fourth and fifth rounds, Weidman has a better chance because he knows how to take someone down, score points, how to hold someone on the ground and score more and more points. He’s good at submissions, too.”

Truth be told, Machida doesn’t really care who wins so long as he gets the next shot at the belt.

“It doesn’t matter to me. I want to fight for the title,” Machida said. “It doesn’t matter who will be there.”

As far as his own fight against Rockhold this weekend, Machida knows he’s not going to earn a title shot by facing a lackluster opponent so the UFC has put him against one of the very best fighters in the world.

Machida has watched Rockhold from a distance for a while and really began to examine him after they signed up for this fight.

“I think he did a very good job, he beat (Michael) Bisping, he beat Tim Boetsch, he showed a very good ground game and a very good stand-up game,” Machida said. “He’s a well-rounded fighter, a complete fighter. I think it’s going to be a good fight for everybody.”

Outside of his fight with Weidman, Machida has been untouchable as a middleweight, winning his other three fights in impressive fashion. Only Gegard Mousasi was able to take Machida to decision while C.B. Dollaway and Mark Munoz were both knocked out inside the first round.

Machida knows Rockhold isn’t going to just stand there and allow the Brazilian to hit him, but he also believes he’s got the right kind of arsenal to put the former Strikeforce champion away just like he’s done to so many other fighters in the UFC.

“I cannot foresee the fight, but I think I can do a great job, I know I can beat him,” Machida said. “I believe so much in my team and in my training. I think I can apply all my techniques in this fight and win the fight.”

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The UFC returns to New Jersey this weekend for a FOX UFC Fight Night card featuring two of the best fighters in the world at 185 pounds as former champion Lyoto Machida looks to climb back into another title fight against Luke Rockhold, who has absolutely decimated his last three opponents.

Machida is also coming off a big win in his last fight where he terminated C.B. Dollaway early in the first round of their matchup with a body kick that left the former “Ultimate Fighter” finalist gasping for air.

In addition to Machida and Rockhold, the FOX UFC Fight Night card also features the No. 1 ranked middleweight contender as Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza is also back in action as well as two of the top 10 women at 115 pounds.

There are plenty of great fights watch at FOX UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Rockhold but here are five good reasons to make sure to tune in on Saturday night.

A Real Life Karate Kid

Lyoto Machida’s background in karate is well known, but no one in the history of MMA has applied the techniques of the old school martial art quite as well as the former UFC light heavyweight champion.

From his fighting stance, which often times will confuse and throw opponents off their game as they try to find a way to get inside and actually hurt Machida to his lightning quick counters, the Brazilian is a karate master and it’s been proven time and time again during his fights.

Machida accounts for the third most knockdowns in UFC history with 13 and he accomplishes those deadly strikes with 56-percent accuracy, which is also the third highest in UFC light heavyweight history. Machida strikes first, strikes hard and shows no mercy.

In his last fight against C.B. Dollaway, Machida only needed the former Arizona State wrestler to make one mistake while attacking him and he uncorked a hellish body kick that not only landed flush but absolutely demolished the veteran middleweight’s midsection. That one kick put a stop to Dollaway and Machida has plenty more where that came from.

Plus he actually landed a crane kick to finish a fight once upon a time!

The Next Middleweight Champion?
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 08: (L-R) Luke Rockhold of the United States kicks Michael Bisping of England in their middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Allphones Arena on November 8, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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As great as Machida has been throughout his career, it’s Luke Rockhold who will walk into the Prudential Center in New Jersey as a slight favorite according to the oddsmakers and with a win he may trot right across the bridge and challenge middleweight champion Chris Weidman in his hometown of New York City.

Since losing in his first UFC fight to Vitor Belfort, Rockhold has been on a tear with his last three fights not going past the second round.

He crushed Costas Philippou with a brutal body kick before tapping out Tim Boetsch and then made short work of Michael Bisping first with a head kick prior to submitting the veteran British middleweight on the mat.

At 30 years of age, Rockhold may have just entered his physical prime and there’s no better time for him to make a serious run at the middleweight title than right now. Rockhold is certainly motivated enough and if he can stop Machida the same way he’s done his last three opponents he will certainly send a message to the rest of the division as well as Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort, who will battle it out in May at UFC 187 that he’s coming for the title.

No other middleweight outside of Weidman has beaten Machida at 185 pounds so Rockhold knows a win likely puts him in a championship bout and that’s long been his goal since coming to the UFC from Strikeforce.

Don’t Forget the No. 1 Middleweight Also in Action
MASHANTUCKET, CT – SEPTEMBER 05: (R-L) Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza submits Gegard Mousasi by a guillotine choke in their middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Foxwoods Resort Casino on September 5, 2014 in Mashantucket, Connecticut. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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It’s easy to look at the headline matchup between Machida and Rockhold and immediately target the winner as the next likely contender at 185 pounds, but one fight down on the card the man with the No. 1 ranking next to his name will be competing in the co-main event.

Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza has gone undefeated since coming to the UFC with four wins and three finishes in that span of time. The former Strikeforce middleweight champion is well known for his virtually unstoppable submission game, but he’s also adapted some very heavy-handed striking, which has led to victories in a number of fights including a TKO over former title contender Yushin Okami and rising middleweight prospect Derek Brunson.

Now it’s easy to get disappointed that ‘Jacare’ is no longer facing No. 6 ranked middleweight Yoel Romero because the winner of that fight could have easily made an argument for a title shot as well. Unfortunately, Romero got hurt and he’s been replaced by Chris Camozzi, who Souza already submitted previously in his UFC debut.
FAIRFAX, VA – APRIL 04: (R-L) Chad Mendes punches Ricardo Lamas in their featherweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at the Patriot Center on April 4, 2015 in Fairfax, Virginia. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Still, watching Souza go to work is always worth watching because he’s not only one of the best middleweights on the planet but a proven finisher. And there’s always the flipside as well — what if Camozzi comes in on six days notice and puts Souza away? Everybody loves a good underdog story and Camozzi has a chance to pull off a massive upset in his return to the UFC this weekend.

Featherweight Strikers Throw Down

Another featured bout on the main card this weekend will pit Cub Swanson against rising featherweight contender Max Holloway in a battle between two of the best strikers at 145 pounds.

Swanson is coming off a tough loss in his last fight to Frankie Edgar, but prior to that defeat, the veteran featherweight had won six bouts in a row with four of them being finished by knockout or TKO. Swanson is dangerous everywhere when he’s standing and he possesses some of the most vicious one-punch knockout power in the entire division.

Holloway is no stranger to striking either with his long range and background in Muay Thai kickboxing. The young Hawaiian has racked up some gaudy numbers since coming to the UFC as well including his ridiculous output where he lands 5.62 strikes per minute — more than double the UFC average of 2.5.

And chances are this fight will be decided on the feet especially considering when you combine the takedown averages for both Swanson and Holloway it equals less than one attempt per 15 minutes in the cage. In other words, these two guys are going to swing at each other until one of them falls down and doesn’t get up again.

The Next Big Thing
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The strawweight division in the UFC is still fairly new, but 21-year old phenom Paige VanZant certainly took the world by storm last November when she made her debut as the first fight of the night on the preliminary card and proceeded to steal the show with a “Fight of the Night” performance.

VanZant might just be the star the strawweight division has been waiting for with her exciting style and bubbly personality. She also happens to train with arguably the best camp in the world for fighters in the lighter weight divisions at Team Alpha Male in Sacramento.

There’s a lot of hype surrounding VanZant, but veteran fighter Felice Herrig would absolutely love to stop her and steal the spotlight on Saturday night.

Herrig has taken on some of the best fighters in her division and she also competed on the recent season of “The Ultimate Fighter” where she took out long time rival Heather Jo Clark before beating Lisa Ellis in the show finale. Now Herrig looks to get another win while sending VanZant back to the prelims after her second trip to the Octagon.

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While middleweight champion Chris Weidman awaits Vitor Belfort at UFC 187 in May, the next contender at 185 pounds may very well be crowned this weekend in the main event of the FOX UFC Fight Night event from Newark, NJ as Lyoto Machida meets Luke Rockhold in the five-round headline bout.

Machida lost a close decision to Weidman last year, but returned with a furious statement in his last fight, knocking out C.B. Dollaway just seconds into the first round. The former light heavyweight champion is on a mission to get back to another title shot and a win on Saturday might just do the job.

Rockhold has looked virtually unstoppable since stumbling in his first fight in the UFC. The former Strikeforce champion most recently rolled through Michael Bisping en route to his fight with Machida this weekend.

Also on the card, No. 1 ranked middleweight Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza is back in action as well as highly touted women’s strawweight fighter Paige VanZant, who takes on “Ultimate Fighter” veteran Felice Herrig.

To make sure you don’t miss a minute of the action, here’s a full guide of the events going down in New Jersey this week all leading to the main event on FOX on Saturday night.

Friday at 4p ET – FOX UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Rockhold weigh-ins

Where to watch: FOX Sports 2 or FOX Sports GO

To officially kick off the fight weekend, get ready to see all the fighters hit the scale before staring down just 24 hours away from the show. The weigh-ins can often times tell the tale before the fights on Saturday night so this is a great way to see who has the edge before even stepping foot in the cage.

Saturday at 4:30p ET – FOX UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Rockhold early prelims

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Lyoto Machida has only been finished twice in his 12 years of competing in mixed martial arts (MMA).

But Luke Rockhold is confident he can (and will) become the third person to stop the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion when they collide at UFC on FOX 15 on April 18, 2015 in a middleweight showdown in Newark, New Jersey.

In doing so, Rockhold tells MMA Fight Corner that UFC officials cannot deny him his much-desired shot at the division strap.

“I believe if I go out there and perform and do my job, I don’t believe there’s anything really left on the table. I’m going to take it as it comes, but Lyoto’s obviously proved himself as a champion and did well for himself in his title fight versus Weidman. I go out there and perform, potentially finish him, I don’t see how they can deny me.”

Rockhold isn’t just looking for any win, as the former Strikeforce middleweight champion says he wants to put an exclamation point on his performance by finishing the gritty veteran.

It won’t be easy, but the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) – trained fighter says he has the tools to get the job done.

“I think I can finish Machida, and I think I can perform, and I look to be solid. Given [that] Machida is very quick, he’s elusive, he poses a lot of threats. I mean, I’m not going to say it’ll be a walk in the park. I know I can go out there and make it relatively easy if I go out there and fight the way I know I can. Like I said, it is Machida. I’ve just got to pursue him with caution and do what I plan on doing. I’m always going to look to be exciting and I think I can bring up a different avenue of threats that he hasn’t really experienced yet. I’m going to go out there and try to perform. What can I say? Things don’t always go as planned, but if things go the way my head thinks they’re going to go, I’m going to go out there and dominate.”

Easier said than done.

A win would give Rockhold his fourth straight after suffering a first-round knockout loss to Vitor Belfort — the current No. 1 contender — back at UFC on FX 8 in early 2013.

Couple that with a move up in the rankings and an injury-free future, and it’s a sure-fire recipe for Luke to get to the top of the mountain. All the has to do is execute the first step in “Dirty Jersey” and convince Dana White and Co. that there is no one more qualified to fight for the belt.

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Due to suspension and inactivity Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort are ineligible. 1/4/15 rankings in parenthesis:

1) Chris Weidman (1)

After another delay due to injury, Chris Weidman will finally defend his title against Vitor Belfort at UFC 187 this May 23rd on Memorial day weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

2) Lyoto Machida (2)

Lyoto Machida will be continuing his momentum after his C.B. Dollaway win by fighting Luke Rockhold.

3) Luke Rockhold (4)

In probably his greatest test since facing Vitor Belfort, Luke Rockhold will fight Lyoto Machida on April 18th as the main event at UFC on Fox: Machida vs. Rockhold in Newark, New Jersey at the Prudential Center.

4) Ronaldo Souza (3)

Ronaldo Souza will continue his upward momentum by facing Yoel Romero at UFC on Fox 15 on April 18th. Souza may very well earn a title shot with this win or he may find himself back in the hunt vying for a shot.

5) Yoel Romero (6)

Having pulled a comeback of the year against Tim Kennedy, Yoel Romero will face Ronaldo Souza on April 18th. Romero’s rise in his short MMA career has been nothing by spectacular considering the skills he’s shown.

6) Gegard Mousasi (7)

Gegard Mousasi will look to make up for his controversial win against Dan Henderson by facing Costas Philippou at UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Faber on May 16th to string a winning streak together.

7) Tim Kennedy (5)

Following his disappointing loss to Yoel Romero, Tim Kennedy currently has nothing scheduled at the moment. However, he is safe for the moment because of his record with the promotion.

8) C.B. Dollaway (10)

C.B. Dollaway will be looking to rebound from a December loss against Michael Bisping at UFC 186 on April 25th. This would be a good chance for Dollaway to gain a win over a big name opponent and gain some traction.

tied 9) Thales Leites (N/A)

In his first fight of the year, Thales Leites was able to pull a Fight of the Night performance against Tim Boetsch. This has been one of Leites’s best performances to date and certainly better than his Silva fight.

tied 9) Mamed Khabilov (9)

Mamed Khabilov currently has nothing scheduled this year in KSW or in any other promotion as of yet. The question of why Khabilov hasn’t signed to the UFC or other big name promotion is quite puzzling at the present.


The following fighter recieved votes and as a result is considered a contender in the division: Michael Bisping

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