Lyoto Machida accepts challenge from former UFC champion and says: 'The dragon is already breathing fire'

After a winning debut in Karate Combat, Luke Rockhold challenged Lyoto Machida for a rematch


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Subpoenaed by Luke Rockhold after the North American's victory over Joe Schilling in his Karate Combat pit debut last Saturday (20), Lyoto Machida did not leave his rival unanswered. Asked by a social media follower about the challenge, Lyoto Machida nodded positively.

In a video published through the 'stories' tool on 'Instagram', Lyoto Machida stated that 'the dragon is already breathing fire', but pointed out the need to agree on the values ​​and date for the duel against Luke Rockhold come to fruition.


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"What do you think? The dragon is already breathing fire here, my brother. Since they announced this challenge, the dragon has already been breathing fire. Now we have to agree on the values ​​and the date to see when this dogfight will take place”, declared the Brazilian.

If confirmed, the duel between Lyoto Machida e Luke Rockhold in Karate Combat will mark the second meeting between the two in martial arts. In April 2015, they shared the UFC Octagon. On that occasion, Rockhold emerged victorious with a rear-naked choke submission in the second round, taking the last step before winning the middleweight belt against Chris Weidman.


At 45, Lyoto Machida He last fought in May 2022, when he was knocked out by Fabian Edwards at Bellator 281, which marked his farewell to MMA.


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