UNCASVILLE, Conn.– In Lyoto Machida’s eyes, he’s facing a new opponent this weekend regardless of having currently went across courses with his adversary years earlier.

The previous UFC light heavyweight champ tackles existing Bellator heavyweight victor Ryan Bader in a rematch at this Friday’s Bellator 256 event. Machida (26-10 Mixed Martial Arts, 2-2 BMMA) battled Bader (27-6 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) back in 2012 at UFC on FOX 4. Machida won the bout through second-round knockout, handing Bader his 3rd professional defeat.

Machida is not shocked the two are dealing with once more nearly 10 years later as well as under a different banner.

“Yeah since we’re in the exact same environment always, although we remained in various (organizations),” Machida told Mixed Martial Arts Junkie. “Yet look at what took place: I changed (company), and also currently we can meet each various other inside the cage, yet what’s passed already passed. We’re different fighters, as well as we understand each various other effectively, yet the day of the fight it’s a completely various day.”

Machida said he is not taking anything far from their very first experience, as he sees a new challenge when he checks out Bader, now years given that their first battle.

“I do not consider the last fight anymore,” Machida discussed. “Also if you win or you shed, no matter. If you win, you’re not going to take any kind of step in advance of your opponent just since you have the win. If you lose, it coincides thing since it’s a new fight, new fighter, eight years earlier.”