Former UFC middleweight champion shoots Lyoto Machida and challenges Brazilian

Luke Rockhold debuts in Karate Combat with a knockout and takes the opportunity to ask for a second fight against a Brazilian

Lyoto Machida (photo) was challenged by Luke Rockhold. Photo: Reproduction/UFC

Back to the world of fights, Luke Rockhold triumphed violently in his Karate Combat debut. Protagonist of the event, the former UFC champion knocked out Joe Schilling and did not hesitate to take advantage of the opportunity given by the event's reporter. With microphone in hand, the fighter challenged Lyoto Machida and sent a harsh message to his former rival.

“There’s only one man I want in this pit (where the event’s fight takes place) and he’s Lyoto Machida. I know you need a payment. Come get it”, declared Luke after victory.

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Long-time rivals Luke and Lyoto faced each other in 2015, in the main fight of UFC on FOX 15. At the time, Rockhold had been enjoying two consecutive victories and was considered a slight favorite for the duel. In a confrontation that lasted two rounds, the North American had his arm raised after submitting the 'Dragon' with a rear naked choke.

L. Rockhold and Lyoto Machida they faced each other in 2015. Photo: Produção MMA Press (Disclosure/UFC)

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Back in activity, Luke ended a year's inactivity after being defeated by Mike Perry in a bare-knuckle boxing duel. Once again on the path to victory, the athlete shows interest in gaining notoriety in Karate Combat, the Brazilian's flagship sport.

On the other hand, Lyoto has not performed since May 2022, when he was knocked out by Fabian Edwards, in a duel held at Bellator. At 45 years old, Machida has 26 wins and 12 losses in his career. So far, the Brazilian has not commented on the challenge.

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