Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida is facing Derek Brunson in the main event of UFC Fight Night Sao Paulo.
Anderson Silva is a former UFC Middleweight Champion and he fought Brunson at UFC 208, now the Brazilian has shared some info about his UFC 208 foe to Machida.
“I talked to Anderson last week,” Machida told MMA Fighting. “He obviously said a few little things, he said ‘Lyoto, do this and do that,’ showed some paths to go, but I won’t talk too much about it (laughs). We had a pretty informal chat. We discussed strategies, he gave his opinion, said ‘you'll have big chances if you do this,’ It was a pretty open, informal chat.”
Machida is also returning to action for the first time since his suspension from USADA, which is the longest layoff of his UFC tenure.
Besides receiving advice from Silva, the former light heavyweight champion has been doing some studying for Brunson on his own.
“It’s hard to predict something,” Machida said. “But all I can say is that I’m studying his fights and being ready for both scenarios. If he’s too aggressive, that’s good for my style. If he’s not, I’m trained for that as well, to be more aggressive on my own.”
UFC Fight Night Sao Paulo takes place on Saturday, October 28 from the Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil with Lyoto Machida and Derek Brunson headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which airs live on Fox Sports 1.