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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 Ortiz.

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.

machida 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 association.

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. machida


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 round.

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 ring.

But Machida came out striking early on and by round two, won by TKO.

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.

machida 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.

BJ Penn

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. machida 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 Collide.

This was on April 21, 2007 in Manchester, England. As usual, Machida won five minutes into the third round via decision.

machida 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.

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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.

Thiago Silva

machida UFC 94 was the setting for Machida vs. Thiago Silva on January 31, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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 well.

Again Lyoto was awarded "Knockout of the Night" and a $60,000 bonus.

Shogun Rua

machida 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 as well.

He often frustrates his opponents in hopes they will make mistakes.

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. machida 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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