Originally written on MMA Manifesto  |  Last updated 8/1/12




Lyoto Machida

Vitals

6'1" 205 lbs (Light Heavyweight)
74" reach, Southpaw
May 30, 1978

Record

17-3 (UFC: 9-3)

Current Streak

1 straight loss

Training

3rd dan black belt in Shotokan (karate)
Black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Championships Held

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion: 2009-2010 (one successful title defense)


Strengths

- extremely dangerous striker
- elusive, unique fighting style
- knockout power in hands, feet, knees, etc.
- hits hard - lands lots of knockdowns
- pulls off unpredictable/unique strikes
- one of the most accurate strikers in UFC history
- great counter-striker
- style can prove difficult for some fighters to deal with
- great at staying out of striking range
- incredibly quick - with his strikes & with closing range
- one of the best takedown defenders in UFC history
- very good striking in clinch and ground & pound
- great at passing guard on the ground
- carries an aura about him that may intimidate some opponents
- has beaten some of the top fighters in the world


Weaknesses

- sense/aura of invincibility has been shattered
- if a fighter can close the distance & get inside on him they can be successful
- getting old for a fighter
- doesn't finish a lot of fights
- often lacks aggression in fights while waiting to counter-strike
- doesn't look to land many takedowns or look for submissions
- has struggled the past two years (tough opponents, though)


Synopsis

Looking at The Dragon's scouting report, it's hard to believe he still isn't the top guy in his division.  Whatever happened to "The Machida Era"?!



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