Lyoto Machida Believes He Can Fight For Another Three To Four Years


The Dragon isn't going anywhere. 

Despite being 41 years old, Lyoto Machida is feeling very good following his Bellator 222 victory over Chael Sonnen. The former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion looked sharp against an overmatched Sonnen, using his precision, movement, and timing to put The American Gangster away in the second round with a flying knee followed up by a series of strikes on the ground. After the fight, Sonnen left his gloves in the cage and announced his retirement.

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TMZ recently caught up with Machida to get his thoughts on Sonnen retiring.

"I just did my job. The retirement is up to him. It was an honor to fight Chael. He is one of the best and a legend."

While 41 might seem old for most fighters, Machida is riding a four-fight win streak and could soon face Ryan Bader for the Bellator Light Heavyweight Title. When asked how long he wants to keep fighting, Machida said, "Three-four more years. Let's see. I feel good. I'll be ready for [Ryan Bader]."

Machida previously defeated Bader by KO back in 2012. 

You can view the entire clip with Machida in the video above.

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