The former UFC light heavyweight champion joins his brother on the Bellator roster after an 11 year stint with the promotion.
Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida (24-8) is now a Bellator fighter. The news was first announced by ESPN.com on Friday evening.
Machida is leaving the Ultimate Fighting Championship on a two fight winning streak with his last victory coming by way of a highlight reel KO of Vitor Belfort just over a month ago.
The news is slightly surprising given that Machida was #9 in his new home at 185lbs but it was the final fight of his current UFC contract and given his age (40), the UFC may not have deemed it to be worth retaining him on their roster.
Bellator are no strangers in prying ex-UFC fighters with a big name and and bringing them to their promotion and as for Machida, his older brother Chinzo is already a well known name on Scott Coker’s roster.
No details have been forthcoming as to when Lyoto is likely to make his debut.