Already 2-0 this year, the 27-year-old Battlefield Fight League (BFL) heavyweight champion is competing for the third time in the past eight months on Friday, entering the cage for the second time with Canadian trailblazer Lee Mein in the second of the Vancouver-based promotion back-to-back fight cards taking place Thursday and Friday night at the BMO Theater Center.
“As soon as the competition was back I was delighted to get started,” said an excited Machado, who was forced to spend all of 2020 on the sidelines as the COVID-19 pandemic shattered the schedule BFL for the year. “I think I train harder, I focus more when I know I have a fight coming up, so that motivates me to keep improving, and as long as I’m healthy I want to beat every two or three months. “
Considering how he’s played so far this year, it’s easy to see why Machado wants to stay active.
In March, he got the better of Mein, who stepped in this week on short notice for Ron McCarty, stopping the veteran about three and a half minutes after the start of the first round. Just under three months later, he returned to the cage and walked through Unified MMA heavyweight title holder Chris Larsen, knocking down and finishing the big man in just over a half-turn.
Currently on a four-game winning streak, the affable Brazilian prospect recognizes he is in the midst of a major developmental period and believes this fight – like every fight before him – will be the best performance of his career.
“I’m at a point right now where every fight is two or three jumps forward; I’m 100 percent better than the fight before, ”said Machado, who trains Franco Martin Kickboxing / Pankration. “I see more openings, I feel more comfortable in the cage, I improve my game in training. There are still things I can tweak, I can adjust here and there, but for sure I’m a totally different fighter than I was at the start of the year and after the last fight.