Lyoto Machida Signs Multifight Deal With Bellator

Lyoto Machida
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Though he won both of his fights in 2018, Lyoto Machida is leaving the UFC to join the ranks at Bellator.

The promotion announced Friday (June 22) that the MMA legend has signed an exclusive multifight contract, though specifics were not revealed.

Machida, 40, was on a two-fight win streak in the UFC before leaving, earning a knockout of Vitor Belfort at UFC 224 last month (his last fight on his UFC contract) and a split decision against Eryk Anders in February. Before that, he had lost three straight, including knockouts at the hands of Derek Brunson and Yoel Romero.

Machida, nicknamed “The Dragon”, has a professional record of 24โ€“8. He is also the former UFC light heavyweight champion.

During his run in the UFC, he earned notable victories over the likes of Tito Ortiz, Rashad Evans, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Randy Couture, Ryan Bader and Dan Henderson, among others.