Four MMA legends are back in the news again, and you can read what they’re up to beneath. Bellator Books Lyoto Machida vs. Chael Sonnen Bellator continues to reserve legends fights and now that the advertising has signed a light heavyweight contest between Lyoto Machida and Chael Sonnen. ESPN’s Ariel Helwani affirmed the reservation, though Bellator hasn’t announced a date or place for the competition as of yet. Notably, the contest will take place at 205lbs following Machida last competed at middleweight and Sonnen at heavyweight. Machida (25-8) defeated Rafael Carvalho via split decision in his Bellator debut and beat both Eryk Anders and Vitor Belfort before that in the Octagon in what was a comeback 2018 for”The Dragon.” Though he’s 40-years-old now, Machida revealed last year that he still has plenty of gas left in the tank. Many thought he was next in line for a rematch against Bellator middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi, but instead he’ll move back up to light heavyweight for this significant fight against Sonnen. Sonnen (31-16-1) is currently 2-2 at Bellator and is coming off of a TKO loss to Fedor Emelianenko at the semifinals of their Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix. Prior to that, Sonnen had defeated Quinton”Rampage” Jackson from the championship quarterfinals and Wanderlei Silva before that. Though he’s 41 now and no more an elite fighter, Sonnen proceeds to property big-name matchups because of his entertaining fights and vibrant personality. As far as the betting line goes, look for Machida to be a big favorite in this one. His solid takedown defense skills together with vicious knockout power against a chinny fighter like Sonnen makes this a very favorable matchup on paper. ONE Championship Inks Vitor Belfort After a year’s signings of Eddie Alvarez, Demetrious Johnson and Sage Northcutt, it appears that ONE Championship isn’t done signing former UFC fighters just yet. The Singapore-based MMA advertising announced over the weekend it has signed former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort to some brand new, multi-fight contract. Belfort was released from the UFC after announcing his retirement after a KO loss to Machida in May 2018, but ONE gave him an offer he can not deny, and he will end his short-lived retirement when he struggles for ONE after this year, likely in Brazil because the promotion looks to expand in South America. ONE has not announced who Belfort’s first competition will be, but there are loads of alternatives for him. Most likely Belfort will be ticketed to a heavyweight fight as he won’t need to reduce weight in that case. An individual could easily give Belfort a name fight against their heavyweight winner Brandon Vera, but they might want to provide him an easier battle against a journeyman for example James McSweeney. Roger Gracie is the advertising’s light heavyweight/cruiserweight champion, but he hasn’t fought in two decades. Maybe ONE could reserve that struggle in Brazil. At the same time, Belfort said he would be interested in boxing and boxing fights. I personally believe the 41-year-old Belfort should have stayed retired, but he’ll make some good money under the ONE bannerads. Cro Cop Retires Legendary heavyweight Mirko Cro Cop has retired, only weeks after a decision win over Roy Nelson in Bellator. According to reports, Cro Cop suffered a stroke and has to retire. Cro Cop (38-11-2, 1 NC) will retire at age 44 among the greatest heavyweights to compete in the game. He will retire to a 10-fight win series, one that saw him struggle and compete throughout the world for the best promotions in MMA. We at MMAOB want Cro Cop the very best of luck in retirement. Disclaimer: This page contains affiliate links and MMA Odds Breaker is going to be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on the links. See more: