(Dave Mandel/Sherdog)p6i2FMcEflEFight of the Week: Lyoto Machida vs. Yoel Romero Justin Fuller June 24, 2015 Events, Spotlight, Video If there was a universal motto for all of Mixed Martial Arts, it would be “No Off Season.” Every week, somewhere on the planet, world class talent will inevitably square off, be it in the UFC, Bellator MMA, WSOF, or others, there is no shortage of fighters ready to compete or promoters willing to give them that chance. Sometimes we get world title fights, other times we get to see up and comers from the regional circuit showcased. Eitherway, The MMA Corner will preview the best fight taking place during the week. This week’s Fight of the Week is UFC Fight Night 70 headliners, Lyoto Machida and Yoel Romero, who are scheduled for a middlweight bout with title implications. On Saturday, June 27, 2015, the UFC heads down to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla. It is there that former light-heavyweight champion and No. 4 middlweight Lyoto Machida (22-6, UFC: 14-6) will look to rebound from his loss to No. 1 contender Luke Rockhold. No. 6 Yoel Romero (9-1, UFC: 5-0), is on a five-fight win streak, all inside the Octagon, but is in dire need to get past the controversies from his last win over No. 8 Tim Kennedy, in what has become known as “Stoolgate.” At 37-years-old, and 3-3 in his last six fights, the likelihood of The Dragon not only working his way back to a title fight, let alone fulfilling his dream of becoming the third two-division champion in UFC history, seems less and less everyday. With that said, styles make fights, and while Machida wasn’t able to mount any significant offense against Rockhold, he didn’t look old or worn down, which is a plus. One things he is known for is looking better than ever after suffering a loss. His knockouts of C.B. Dollaway, Mark Muñoz, Ryan Bader and Randy Couture are all evidence of that, and nothing helps get titleshots quicker than highlight reel knockouts. Let’s just hope that Machida is the one who shows up Saturday night. Romero on the other hand is 38-years-old, but has only been in the sport professionaly for less than six years, and didn’t arive on scene in the UFC until 2013. His one and only loss came at the hands of former Strikeforce champion Rafael “Feijão” Cavalcante in a 205-lbs contest. A neck injury kept him out of competition for 19-months before signing with the UFC. That loss would be his last at light-heavyweight, and he has been on a steem roll since, finishing four of his last five opponents. Romero brings to the table a particular set of skills, skills he has acquired over a very long career. As an Olympic silver medalist and world champion in freestyle wrestling, very few people in the division can compete with him in that realm. Just look at Daniel Comier, who also made his professional MMA debut in 2009, and at 36-years-old has most recently captured the vacant UFC light-heavyweight title. It’s unlikely the winner of this fight will get the next crack at the title after Chris Weidman defends against Rockhold, however there is more than enough time for the winner to face off against No. 2 Ronaldo “Jacaré” Souza, who many thought should have received the titleshot before Rockhold. Interestingly enough, Jacaré and Romero were previously scheduled to face off earlier this year, before injury forced the Cubano out and left the Brazilian with fighting lesser competition in the form of Chris Camozzi. Rockhold would defeat Machida on that same card, which is what helped cememt his status as the No. 1-contender over Jacaré. With no date set for Weidman vs. Rockhold except to say sometime later this year, and nothing lined up for Jacaré to stay active while he waits for the results of that matchup, this is by far the most interesting fight in the division on the books. Each man has plenty to prove, and not much time left in their careers to prove it. Take into acount a potential title eliminator with Jacaré, possibly as the co-main event to the middlweight championship, assuming all in question emerge and stay healthy, and you have everthing a fight fan could ask for in a Fight Night main-event; suspense, significant, and story, and that’s the bottom line.