Brazil’s Lyoto Machida welcomes the extra time for training now that his title shot against UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman has been moved to July.
Weidman was supposed to defend his title against Machida this May 24, but had to beg off due to minor surgery needed for his injured knee.
Machida didn’t seem to mind as he was tapped to challenge Weidman on two months’ notice after Vitor Belfort declined the bout due to the ban on the use of testosterone replacement therapy.
“I was training hard and would be ready to fight in May even though I got the offer with two months’ notice, but I will use the extra weeks to work even better and get in there stronger,” Machida said in MMA Fighting.
Machida will battle Weidman at the main event of UFC 175 on July 5.
Machida, the former UFC light heavyweight champion, said he expects Weidman to give him a tough fight despite going through surgeries.
“I don’t think he will be in disadvantage because of the surgeries. He wouldn’t risk his title, so I believe he will be 100 percent ready,” he said.
Machida, however, remains confident that he can beat the American grappler.
“I sure do [know how to beat him], but I won’t tell you how,” he said.