Mousasi draws Machida in return to middleweight

Gegard Mousasi and Lyoto Machida will face off at in February in Brazil at UFC Fight Night.

Gegard Mousasi will officially return to the middleweight

division for his next bout and as requested he got a top five

opponent because the former Strikeforce champion will meet Lyoto

Machida in the main event of the UFC Fight Night event headed to

Jaragua do Sol, Brazil on February 8, 2014.

Mousasi has been flirting with a move to middleweight ever since

his debut fight in April, and following surgeries to repair damage

on his knee the option became even more enticing as it allowed him

more time to cut the weight back down to 185 pounds.

Mousasi first came to prominence as a middleweight while

fighting in Japan where he picked up wins over several notable

names including Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza. Now he will make his

middleweight debut in the UFC against a former champion and a very

tough fight for anyone in the division.

Following a successful career that included a brief run as the

king at 205 pounds, Lyoto Machida opted to drop down to

middleweight for his last bout. The Brazilian looked quick and

devastating as he put away Mark Munoz in the first round of their

matchup with a bone shattering head kick to win by knockout.

Now Machida will go home to Brazil for his next fight in

February to face Mousasi with the winner most certainly inching

ever so close to a title shot at some point in the next year.

The UFC Fight Night event just announced for Feb 8 will air on

FOX Sports 2 with more fights expected to be added in the coming

weeks.