With a knockout victory over the former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans, Lyoto Machida has put to bed all of the talk that he’s a boring fighter. Machida has also shown that an unbeaten fighter can continue to improve and prove people wrong at the same time. What people don’t know is that it was a long time coming for “The Dragon”.
“Since I was 15 years old, the first time that I saw the UFC I put it in my head [and said] ‘I will do that’”. Machida said following the biggest win of his career.
“I tried hard, I learned Jiu-Jitsu, I adapted my karate, Machida-Karate, for MMA and I believed all the time. Training hard everyday and now I’m champion.” A very emotional Machida continued.
Machida didn’t just go out and win the title, he proved a point. Rashad Evans isn’t some chump off the street, he was the UFC light heavyweight champion and he was undefeated. Machida just made him look like just another fighter as his game plan worked to perfection.
The unfortunate thing for the rest of the UFC’s light heavyweight division is Machida is extra motivated to keep his title. “I’m very very happy and I’ll train hard to keep my belt for a long time.” Machida proclaimed.
And you know what? He’s probably right.