According to MMAWeekly, Ed Soares manager of Lyoto Machida has confirmed that the UFC has offered his client a fight with former UFC lightweight champion Tito Ortiz. Soares also confirmed that Machida has accepted the fight and it is up to Tito Ortiz to sign off on the deal.
“It would be an honor to fight such a legend as Tito Ortiz,” said Machida. “I would like to see how my technique matches up against his.”
Machida (12-0) is undefeated in his professional mixed martial arts career, with notable wins over Stephan Bonnar, Rich Franklin, BJ Penn, Sam Hogar and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou.
Machida has a reputation of being a boring fighter that knows how to edge out decisions over his opponents, but in his latest fight with Sokoudjou at UFC 79, Machida out classed the bigger and stronger fighter with an impressive second round submission victory.
It is not known when the fight might take place, but Tito Ortiz is rumored to headline the Cinco de Mayo UFC event in May.