I was trying to find information on what exactly made Machida go up from MW to LHW and i could really find anything. From what i remember, he was basically forced out of MW because Anderson Silva was his training partner, and 'THAT' guy running the division. I explicitly remember both of them saying they would never fight eachother. So my question to Sherdoggers, 1- Was Machida forced out of middle weight because Silva was there? 2- Would have Machida had a more succesful career if he were to stay at MW? (Assuming Anderson Silva never existed!!) Bonus question: 3- If Silva and Machida fought around 2008-09, when they both held titles, who wouldve won if they met at MW and LHW? In 2008-09, was when Silva welcomed Forrest Griffin to the Matrix and went to war with Chael Sonnen... while Machida handed Rashad Evans his first L and went to war with Shogun. I remember being younger and daydreaming about a Spider vs Dragon fight! Soon i found out they said they would never fight and my dream was crushed.