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Japanese Brazilian MMA fighter, Lyoto Carvalho Machida, aka-The Dragon, s current UFC
Light Heavyweight Champion.
He is un-defeated to date with a record of 15-0-0. Machido has
beat such greats as Stephan Bonnar, Thiago Silva and Tito
Lyoto is so popular he dominates a lot of the UFC Store.
Ranked the number four pound-per-pound MMA fighter by Sherdog,
Machida was born on May 30, 1978 in Salvador, Brazil.
The son of the highly
ranked Japanese Shotokan karate master, Yoshiza Machida, Lyoto
began training in karate when he was only three years old.
By the time he was thirteen, he had earned his black belt. At age
twelve, he was training in sumo and was practicing Brazilian
Jiu-Jitsu when he was thirteen.
Brazilian Sumo Champion
With such a headstart, it is no wonder that Machida excelled
as an adult, winning the Brazilian Sumo Championship twice and
placing second in the South American Championship as well.
While earning a degree in Physical Education, Lyoto Machida
met up with Japanese professional wrestling promoter and former
pro wrestler, Antonio Inoki, owner of the New Japan Pro Wrestling
Inoki took Lyoto Machida on as his protege. During this time,
Machida also trained in the art of Muay Thai in Thailand and took
up wrestling at the New Japan Pro Wrestling dojo in Japan.
On May 2, 2003, Machida made his MMA debut at New Japan Pro
Wrestling: Ultimate Crush where he won against Pancrase fighter
Kengo Watanabe by unanimous decision five minutes into the third
His second fight was against Ultimate Fighter 1 runner up,
Stephan Bonnar at an event called "Jungle
Fight" in September.
Again Lyoto won, this time by referee stoppage 4:21 in round 1
because of a cut he inflicted on Bonnar.
Lyoto Machida went in as the underdog against Rich Franklin at
Inoki Bom-ba-ye 2003. Franklin's UFC record going into the
fight was 12-0 and it was only Lyoto's third time in the
But Machida came out striking early on and by round two, won
On March 14, 2004, Lyoto Machida was up against Michael
McDonald in the K-1 event, K-1 Beast in Niigata, which took place
in Saitama, Japan.
He won by
submission via forearm choke. His next fight was in May, also in
Saitama and was against Italian-Austrailian kickboxer Sam Greco
in K-1 MMA Romanex.
Machida won by decision five minutes into the third round.
The last K-1 match was on March 26, 2005 against the UFC
Lightweight Champion B.J. Penn. The event was K-1 Hero's 1.
Penn weighed in at 191 pounds.
Lyoto weighed in at 225 pounds. Although Machida won the fight
in the third round via unanimous decision, it was noted that he
did not perform very well against such a smaller fighter who he
should have whipped.
With six wins under his belt, Lyoto Machida faced off with
Dimitri Wanderley a year later at Jungle Fight 6 in Rio de
Janeiro. Lyoto won TKO due to exhaustion 3:24 in round 3.
World Fighting Alliance
Three months later, Machida was fighting for the World
Fighting Alliance after calling it off with Inoki. He was now competing in
the United States. His first bout was against Vernon White at
WFA: King of the Streets in Inglewood, California. Lyoto Machida
won via unanimous decision in the third round.
The WFA went out of business for the second time and the UFC
acquired Machida's contract.
UFC 67: All or Nothing was Lyoto's UFC debut against black
belt Sam Hoger. He won by unanimous decision as he did in his
next UFC fight, UFC 70 against David Heath as well.
Next Lyoto met up against judo practitioner and former Pride
Fighting Champion Kazuhiro Nakamura at UFC 76: Nations
This was on April 21, 2007 in Manchester, England. As usual,
Machida won five minutes into the third round via decision.
Lyoto's fights began
to get more exciting like UFC 79 against Rameau Thierry
Sokoudjou, a judo practitioner who had just defeated two Pride
vetrans, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ricardo Arona.
Four minutes and twenty-six seconds into the second round,
Machida won by submission with an arm triangle choke. It was the
first stoppage of his career.
And it just kept getting better. At UFC 84, Lyoto faced off
with former the former Light Heavyweight Champ Tito Ortiz.
Ortiz was well known for his elite takedowns and ground
control skills and with Lyoto being undefeated, the fight was a
highly anticipated one.
Machida gave his all in the octagon, with flurries of strikes and
counterstikes, defending against Tito's famous takedowns as
he layed it on.
Though Lyoto took Ortiz down late in the first round and had
him in a modified crucifix position and was punching Ortiz'
face, the round ended before being called.
In the third round, however; Machida landed a flying knee to
the body and floored Ortiz. Tito came back to attempt a triangle
choke without success and then almost managed an armbar. Machida
showed great defense and won the fight by unanimous decision.
UFC 94 was the setting
for Machida vs. Thiago Silva on January 31, 2009 in Las Vegas,
Machida got in some knockdowns and a few trips and took Silva
via knockout with one second to spare in the first round.
For the performance, Lyoto received the
"Knockout of the Night" award plus
a hefty, $65,000 bonus.
Rashad Evans was Lyoto's next contender. The two met in
the ring at UFC 98: Evans vs. Machida.
Both were undefeated. In the first round, Machida came on with
an early knockdown and in the second round, scored a knockout
winning the fight and the UFC Light Heavyweight title as
Again Lyoto was awarded "Knockout of the
Night" and a $60,000 bonus.
In his title defense
event at UFC 104 in October of 2009, Lyoto took on the 2005
Middleweight Grand Prix Champion Mauricio Rua.
Machida showed off his strikes throughout the fight and won
via unanimous decision five minutes into the fifth round. He had
successfully defended his title.
What makes Lyoto so successful?
In one interview, Lyoto himself is quoted as attributing some
of it to drinking urine.
Aside from that, Machida uses a unique style, a combination of
shotokan karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling skills and Sumo
He often frustrates his opponents in hopes they will make
Machida uses a karate striking style with a wide Shotokan
stance. It is efficient and elusive yet very precise. Lyoto's
style has come to be known as Machida Karate. Outside the ring,
Machida enjoys his wife, Fabyola and his son Taiyo.
Future plans for Lyoto include a possible rematch with
Mauricio Rua and the continued defense of his title.
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