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Lyoto Machida’s brother signs with Bellator

Jorge Ulisses, MMA Para

Back to the cage after a three-year hiatus in 2013, Brazilian featherweight Chinzo Machida has signed a deal with Bellator MMA.

Chinzo Machida, who turns 38 years old in March, has signed a three-fight deal with Scott Coker’s promotion, and expects to make his debut around April or May of 2015. Tatame first reported the signing, and Machida confirmed the news to

"I signed with them," Machida said. "I underwent a shoulder surgery a month ago and I’m still recovering. I believe (I will make my debut) in April or May."

The older brother of former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, Chinzo went 1-2 in MMA between 2005 and 2010, but scored back-to-back victories under the RFA banner since returning to the sport in 2013, including a vicious flying knee knockout over Brian Wood.

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