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Although Lyoto Machida has lost three straight fights, and isn’t far out from the age of 40, the legendary fighter has no intention of retiring. In fact, “The Dragon” still hopes to win the UFC’s middleweight crown.

Machida returned to the Octagon for the first time since 2015, in October, and was quickly knocked out by Derek Brunson. That loss followed a KO loss to Yoel Romero, and a submission defeat versus Luke Rockhold.

Recently the 39 year-old spoke to MMA Fighting about his future, and while doing so, Machida said this:

“I don’t think about retirement yet,” Machida said. “I want to continue fighting. I want to be champion in this division. I dedicate most of my time to this goal. I believe that I will think about stopping when I don’t feel challenged anymore.”

There you have it. The Karate master also relayed that he’s hoping to fight another, top ranked middleweight next, so that he has an opportunity to jump back into the title shot hunt.

It will be interesting to see who the UFC taps Machida to fight next. There’s no question that his next bout is a pivotal one, if Machida hopes to make another title run.

Machida is currently ranked #14 in the UFC’s middleweight division.