POLL: Who Takes Lyoto Machida vs. Gegard Mousasi?

Next Saturday night the UFC will make it’s return back to Brazil for Fight Night 36. The event which will take place inside the Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil, hosts a main event which could have a serious impact in the middleweight division as Lyoto Machida and Gegard Mousasi are set to square off.

Mousasi will make his return to the 185 pound division after having a successful stretch in the light-heavyweight weight class, which saw the 28-year old win major titles in Dream and Strikeforce. The Dutch national is now on a seven fight unbeaten streak, which saw him capture and defend the Dream light-heavyweight title.

The former UFC light-heavyweight champion, Machida, will be looking for his second straight win in the middleweight division following his spectacular debut at 185 pounds, where he knocked out Mark Muonz. Machida is now 3-1 in his last four fights with his only loss coming against top light-heavyweight Phill Davis in a controversial decision.

With the middleweight division being fairly open for the first time in eight years following the dethroning of the weight class’ former champ, Anderson Silva, anyone can make there case for a title shot with a few strong wins. Which is exactly what Mousasi and Machida will be planning on doing.

With Machida being the former light-heavyweight champ and having an impressive debut at middleweight, you’d have to think another strong win over a tough opponent would be enough to grant him a title shot. But on the other hand, if Mousasi is able to beat the former UFC champion and steal his momentum, he could very well find himself with a title shot after just two fights inside the Octagon.

Who do you think will take the win on Saturday night?


12 Comments

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    falcon4917

    February 9, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    I really don't know of a single area Mousasi is better.

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    DeadlyIntentions93

    February 9, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    It's such an fascinating match up, but I'll say Machida just edges it with the striking and surprising wrestling skills, can see Machida landing a few takedowns in this one.

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    falcon4917

    February 9, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    I just see Machida being much more elusive than Mousasi, more technical striking and BJJ, faster striking, more accurate striking, better TDD and wrestling. I feel this fight will go wherever Machida wants it. That does not mean I think he will walk through Mousasi, just that I can't see where he can claw back into this fight.

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    DG1

    February 9, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Mousasi will need to go for the sub; Machida's elusiveness will be key. If Gegard can tangle him up on the ground he might take it.

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    Entity

    February 9, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    I went to the doctor because my weiner was orange…he said to quit watching p0rn while eating cheetos.
    I'll take Lyoto Cheeto on this one. Seriously.

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    knn03

    February 10, 2014 at 2:27 am

    I'm a fan of both. Although I see Machida being the better fighter here I really want to see Mousasi win. I believe Mousasi has more to lose here. If Machida loses he will still stay in the top pocket. For Mousasi, a newcomer to the promotion, losing will drop him far down.

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