Lyoto Machida vs. Luke Rockhold possible for later this year

How about this for a middleweight showdown? 

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Two of the best middleweights in the world appear to be on a collision course with Lyoto Machida and Luck Rockhold both angling for a fight later this year.

According to UFC Tonight correspondent Daniel Cormier, who is a teammate of Rockhold’s at the American Kickboxing Academy, preliminary talks are underway to matchup the former Strikeforce middleweight champion against Machida later this year.

Further reports from Ariel Helwani stated that Machida’s camp is 100-percent on board with the matchup as well.

The timing of the fight appears to be the only caveat undecided at this point before the UFC could officially offer the bout to both competitors.  Machida’s camp seemed to think a date in November in Brazil could happen while Cormier suggested the upcoming UFC Fight Night on FOX card from Arizona in December or as a main card slot at UFC 181 as two possible landing spots for the fight.

Those details aside, it seems Machida and Rockhold are ready to face each other inside the Octagon.

Rockhold has been on a tear of late, winning his last two fights in a row with stoppage victories in both fights.  The former Strikeforce king has lost only one time in his last 12 fights and that was his UFC debut against Vitor Belfort.

Meanwhile, Machida is looking to bounce back from his loss to middleweight champion Chris Weidman at UFC 175 earlier this summer.