Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida has made his move to the Middleweight division official, as he will be fighting Tim Kennedy on November 6th at a UFC event planned for Fort Campbell, Kentucky called UFC: ‘Fight For the Troops 3′. Machida went 2-1 after his loss to Jon Jones, and despite being offered the rematch and his status as a top contender, Machida has seemed reluctant to meet the UUFC’s top Light Heavyweight again. Now as a Middleweight, he will likely be a top contender very quickly. But Tim Kennedy is no slouch to welcome him to the weight class.
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The Middleweight division is going to be interesting in the next year to 18 months. Champion Chris Weidman will be rematching Anderson Silva for the title in December, and what happens in that bout is anybody’s guess. Since Silva and Machida are both friends and fellow Steven Seagal Kool Aid drinkers, you can assume that Machida will lobby for a shot at Weidman if Weidman wins, while he will wait for the eventuality of Silva’s retirement should Silva win.
Tim Kennedy however, has other plans. Kennedy won his UFC debut in his last outing, taking out Roger Gracie by Unanimous Decision. Prior to that, Kennedy went 6-2 in STRIKEFORCE, with his two losses coming to Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ and Luke Rockhold, both former SF Champions.
It will be interesting to see how Machida does with the weight cut to 185 lbs. Though not a massive Light Heavyweight, Machida was always fit and the drop in weight will require a lot of changes. At 35 years old, Machida has the potential to not recover well with the weight cut to 185 lbs.
Other than that, expect Machida to be favored in the fight. As we mentioned, Kennedy has losses to the elite in STRIKEFORCE, and Machida is definitely an elite fighter. Though Kennedy is a solid fighter with a good mix of rugged mindset and skill, he will be outclassed by Machida.