Machida in 2011
|Born||Lyoto Carvalho Machida
May 30, 1978
|Other names||The Dragon|
|Residence||Palos Verdes, California, United States|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
Light Heavyweight (2006-2013)
|Reach||74 in (188 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Los Angeles, California, United States|
3rd dan black belt in |
black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Walter Broca
|Years active||2003–present (MMA)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Notable relatives||Chinzô Machida (brother), Yoshizo Machida (father)|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Lyoto Carvalho Machida (Portuguese pronunciation: [liˈotu maˈʃidɐ]) (born May 30, 1978) is a Japanese-Brazilian mixed martial artist from Salvador, Brazil who fights as a Middleweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. He is currently ranked as the #5 Middleweight contender in the official UFC fighter rankings.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Fighting style
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Championships and achievements
- 5 Mixed martial arts record
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Lyoto was born in the city of Salvador as the third son of the highly ranked head of the Brazilian branch of the Japan Karate Association, Shotokan karate master Yoshizo Machida. Yoshizo moved to Brazil from Japan when he was 22 years old. There he met and married Lyoto's mother, Ana Claudia of Portuguese origin. Growing up in Belém, Lyoto began training in karate earning his black belt at the age of 13. He also began training in sumo at twelve and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at fifteen. He won a number of amateur karate tournaments, including the 2001 Pan American Karate tournament.
He was the runner-up in the 2000 Brazilian Sumo Championships in the 115 kg division. As an adult, he became Brazilian Champion twice, and placed second in the South American Championship. He defeated American black belt Jiu-Jitsu fighter Rafael Lovato Jr. at L.A. Sub X. In addition to his sumo and karate achievements, he has a college degree in Physical Education. Lyoto's brother, Chinzo, is a Shotokan vice-champion (Australia 2006), losing only to number-one ranked Shotokan master Koji Ogata. Lyoto and Chinzo fought in a Karate Final 10 years ago in which Lyoto gave Chinzo a cheek scar that still exists today. His other brothers include Kenzo Machida, a TV journalist for one of Brazil's biggest TV stations, and Take Machida.
Mixed martial arts career
Machida began his career in mixed martial arts under the management of legendary pro wrestler and MMA pioneer Antonio Inoki in Japan. On May 2, 2003, he defeated Kengo Watanabe by decision in his professional debut on a card promoted by New Japan Pro Wrestling in Tokyo, in which he competed under the name of LYOTO (all caps). In his second fight, he defeated Stephan Bonnar by technical knockout due to a cut in the inauagral event promoted by Jungle Fight in Manaus, Brazil.
On December 31, 2003, he took part in Inoki's annual event Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2003, where he met Rich Franklin in an openweight bout in which both men weighed in at 214 lbs. In front of over 40,000 fans at Kobe Wing Stadium in Kobe, Machida defeated Franklin via TKO in the second round. He staggered Franklin with a front kick to the chin and followed up with a flurry of punches to the face which forced the referee to stop the fight.
Following this, Machida went on to compete for the K-1 promotion. At the K-1 Beast 2004 in Niigata event on March 14, 2004, he defeated Michael McDonald, a Canadian kickboxer making his MMA debut, with a forearm choke in the first round. On May 22, 2004 at K-1 MMA ROMANEX at the Saitama Super Arena, he beat fellow karateka Sam Greco by split decision. Despite both fighters' striking backgrounds, the match was mostly fought on the mat with Machida controlling the grapplng. When K-1 began promoting Hero's, a series of fight cards featuring only MMA bouts rather than cards mixed with kickboxing matches, Machida was transferred there. He took on former UFC Welterweight Champion B.J. Penn on March 26, 2005 in Saitama at Hero's 1 in an openweght fight. Machida weighed in at 102.0 kg (225 lb) while Penn weighed in at 86.5 kg (191 lb). Machida won by unanimous decision.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Machida made his UFC debut UFC 67 against Sam Hoger and won by unanimous decision. He followed up with a main-card debut at UFC 70 and won by unanimous decision to David Heath. He next faced judo practitioner and Pride Fighting Championship veteran Kazuhiro Nakamura at UFC 76. Machida won by unanimous decision and Nakamura would later test positive for marijuana.
At UFC 79, Machida faced Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, a judo practitioner who had earned his UFC debut after two quick upset victories over Pride veterans Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ricardo Arona. Machida scored the first stoppage of his UFC career by submitting Sokoudjou with an arm triangle choke in the second round.
Machida's next fight was at UFC 84, facing former UFC light-heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz in what would be Ortiz's final UFC appearance before a long-standing dispute with Dana White led to Ortiz being out of a UFC contract for over a year. Machida frustrated Ortiz with lateral movement and counterstriking while successfully defending against the former champion's takedowns. In the closing minute of the third round Machida knocked Ortiz down with a knee to the body. As Machida moved in to finish the fight, Ortiz almost locked in a triangle choke before transitioning to an armbar attempt. Machida managed to escape and win a unanimous decision, and all judges scored the fight 30–27 in his favor.
Machida then faced fellow undefeated fighter, Thiago Silva, winning by knockout in the first round.
Machida then met light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans in another clash of undefeated fighters at UFC 98. Machida scored an early knockdown in the first-round which ultimately led to knocking Evans out with a flurry of punches in the second round. His performance earned him Knockout of the Night honors with a $60,000 bonus for the second time. This victory continued his undefeated streak in his MMA career and was also Evans' first career loss.
Title defence against Rua
Machida was set to face Quinton Jackson in his first title defense, but Jackson opted to coach the tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter instead. Pride Fighting Championship's 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix winner Mauricio "Shogun" Rua was then selected as Machida's first title defense which took place on October 24, 2009, at UFC 104, with Machida winning a unanimous decision victory, 48–47 from all three judges, with one stating that Machida "landed the more damaging strikes throughout the fight" and was the more "effective aggressor".
Out of the three judges, Hamilton gave Machida Rounds 2, 3 and 4. Peoples and Rosales each gave Machida the first three rounds. One of the judges (Nelson Hamilton) later commented in a post-fight interview that his line of sight was obstructed for much of the action in Round 4, and that after reviewing footage of the round, he likely would have scored the round to Rua. However, since the verdict was unanimous, retroactively changing the score for this judge would still have resulted in a 2–1 split decision in favor of Machida. Hamilton also commented that he felt the commentary had led many fans to believe Shogun had won the fight decisively, when it was a very close, technical and difficult fight to score for all three judges. In spite of this, a significant amount of the audience, who had not heard the commentary, booed the decision after it was delivered, voicing their support for Rua. Writers for a number of sports websites and magazines also claimed they felt Rua had won.
There were also MMA fighters in attendance who, after the bout, voiced support for the decision. Among them were several of Machida's training partners, including Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, Anderson Silva, Junior dos Santos, Jose Aldo and Rafael Cavalcante.
A FightMetric analysis of the fight suggested that Rua had been more aggressive and had landed more blows to the head and legs than Machida, while CompuStrike reported that Rua landed almost twice as many strikes as Machida did. Both FightMetric and CompuStrike explicitly state on their websites that they are not intended to be used to judge MMA events, and are merely a way to track a fighter's activity.
Second fight against Rua
Because of the controversy surrounding the close decision, on May 8, 2010, at UFC 113 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Machida and Mauricio Rua faced each other again, seven months after their original fight. It was a very much anticipated rematch. Both fighters started aggressively and scored significant points in striking exchanges, with Machida scoring two takedowns during the round. Rua showed strong defense on the ground, spinning to attempt a knee bar before both fighters returned to their feet. At 3:30 of round 1, Rua swayed to avoid a hook left and landed a powerful counter overhand right to the temple, which knocked Machida down. Rua then took the full mount and proceeded to finish with ground-and-pound knocking Machida out, making him the new Light Heavyweight Champion at 3:35 in round 1, with Machida suffering his first MMA career loss.
Back to contention and title shot
Machida then faced Quinton Jackson at UFC 123. The decision in this fight ultimately came down to the scoring of the first round, as there is near-unanimous agreement that Rampage narrowly won the second round while Machida decisively won the third round of the fight. During the first round Machida landed several leg kicks and some counter punches while Rampage predominantly landed from the clinch, utilizing stomps and punches to Machida's side. Both Compustrike and Fightmetric records show that Rampage out-struck Machida when counting blows such as stomps and elbows to the thigh in the clinch, while Machida landing more strikes during the standup exchanges. In terms of "Octagon Control", it is difficult to judge whether Rampage's clinch-control and aggression were more effective than Machida's effective movement and counterstriking. In the second round, Compustrike and Fightmetric records show Rampage as the busier overall fighter, and Rampage also scored a takedown. The cleanest and most significant blow of the second round was an uppercut landed by Rampage. In the third round, Machida landed a counter left that stunned Rampage and followed it with a flurry of punches, kicks and knees that backed Jackson into the cage. When Rampage tried to retaliate, Machida scored a takedown, eventually gaining full mount and attempted a submission.
At the end of the bout, Rampage was declared the winner via split decision (29–28, 29–28, 28–29). 5 of 7 media outlets scored the bout in favor of Machida. Fighters such as Anderson Silva, Randy Couture and Mauricio Rua in a post-fight interview days later, all thought that Machida won the fight. In an interview after the fight, Rampage expressed to Joe Rogan that the fairest thing would be to offer Machida an immediate rematch as he felt he had also lost the fight. However, since UFC President Dana White personally felt that Rampage won the fight (winning rounds 1 & 2), he denied the possibility of an immediate rematch. This generated some controversy, as White had previously awarded an immediate rematch to Rua in spite of a unanimous judgment decision awarded to Machida in that fight.
UFC President Dana White had indicated in January 2011 that Machida was under pressure to perform in his upcoming bout against UFC Hall-of-Famer Randy Couture, saying, "this is a must-win for him.". Machida defeated Couture at UFC 129 in Toronto via KO with a jumping front kick that earned Knockout of the Night honors. Dana White has commented that Machida's performance versus Randy Couture put him back into the mix at the top of the division, but stated that he is not yet the next in line for a title shot. Machida was briefly linked to a rematch with Rashad Evans at UFC 133, replacing an injured Phil Davis. However, Dana White claimed that Lyoto Machida wanted "Anderson Silva money" and the UFC scheduled Tito Ortiz for the fight with Evans.
Machida was in talks to face Phil Davis at UFC 140 but the fight wouldn't end up happening due to Davis needing more time to recover from knee surgery. Instead, Machida faced Jon Jones on December 10, 2011 at UFC 140 for the UFC light heavyweight title, replacing an injured Rashad Evans. After a first round that saw Machida rock Jones, Machida was taken down and cut by an elbow. In the second round, Machida was knocked down with a straight left counter and then caught in a standing guillotine and choked unconscious.
Machida then faced Ryan Bader on August 4, 2012 at UFC on Fox 4. In a dominant performance throughout the contest, Machida finished Bader with a counter right hand at the 1:32 mark in the second round. As a result, Machida was expected to earn another title shot.
Following the cancellation of UFC 151, the rematch between Machida and current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones was expected to take place at UFC 152, but Machida declined the fight citing that he did not have ample time to prepare, and was replaced by Vitor Belfort. As a result of turning down a fight at UFC 152 against Jones, it was later confirmed by the UFC that Machida no longer has an immediate title shot.
Machida returned to his native Brazil to face Phil Davis on August 3, 2013 at UFC 163. Davis defeated Machida via unanimous decision. 13 of 13 media outlets scored the bout in favor of Machida. Davis had takedowns near the end of rounds one and two, but was unable to mount any significant offense. Many MMA analysts and journalists also scored the fight 30-27 in favor of Lyoto Machida. Dana White tweeted shortly after the fight that he had Machida winning all three rounds, and later told Yahoo! Sports that "Machida definitely won" and "MMA judging sucks". Fightmetric Analysis supports this, showing that Machida outstruck Phil Davis, and neutralized 80% of Davis's takedown attempts, with a significantly higher efficiency rating through all three rounds. ESPN released a similar analysis tracking each fighter's activity in each category, and reporting the 29-28 victory scored by the three judges at ringside. Despite the ringside judges awarding the victory to Davis, Machida remains higher on the official UFC Rankings.
Drop to Middleweight
It was announced on August 21,2013 by Dana White on Fox Sports Live that Machida would be dropping down to middleweight. He was expected to face Tim Kennedy on November 6, 2013 at UFC Fight For The Troops 3. However, Machida was pulled from the bout in favor of a matchup with Mark Muñoz on October 26, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 30, after Muñoz's original opponent, Michael Bisping was forced out of their bout with an injury. Machida won via head kick KO in the first round, earning him Knockout of the Night honors. After Muñoz was knocked down, Machida demonstrated an impressive fairplay by avoiding additional punches to the grounded opponent (and friend) before the referee could interfere.
Machida uses a unique, unorthodox style in MMA that combines elements from his diverse training background. Machida has received criticism for backpedaling in his fights while winning on points. His style is based mainly on tactics using Shotokan karate and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but also integrates techniques from wrestling and Sumo, which Machida says makes him "fully prepared for any situation" in the Octagon. Often described as "elusive", Machida relies on cautious and precise counter-striking that frustrates his opponents into making mistakes. Machida has earned considerable respect from MMA fans, fighters, and commentators for his effectiveness and winning ways. At the same time, his cerebral and conservative style is sometimes deemed boring and unsatisfying to watch. Machida has drawn fire from fans, and criticism from MMA commentators for his limited aggression and many decision victories. In response to these criticisms, Machida said, "If you don't like it, sorry. I always try to win." He also stated that he believes fans are coming to appreciate the efficiency of his style just like they came to appreciate Royce Gracie's jiu-jitsu.
Machida defied expectations at UFC 94, where he earned a "Knockout of the Night" honor for his first-round stoppage of then undefeated Thiago Silva. Machida noted that he started to include weight training in his preparation for the bout. Commentators hailed the knockout as a step in the right direction toward building interest in him as a potential champion. In addition, Machida showcased his improved English skills during interviews for the event, which gave him the ability to connect with fans more easily. Machida's limited English was previously seen as a marketing liability. After knocking out Rashad Evans at UFC 98, in the post fight in-ring interview with Joe Rogan, Machida announced to his fans, "Karate is back! Machida Karate!" Many fans have referred to his style as "Machida Karate" since then.
In the November issue of the MMA Unltd magazine, Machida once again mentioned the phrase "Machida Karate", claiming that it was based on a very traditional form which is very different from modern sports karate. He also said that the karate we see nowadays has lost many techniques over the years in which it was practiced, and that his style was one of the very few that still kept those techniques. "My style is Machida Karate and it is a very traditional form", he said, "It differs from sports karate which we usually see in Karate schools and competitions as it has many elements which were lost in the style including the use of knees, elbows, takedowns and even some submissions". Lyoto is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Walter Broca.
Championships and achievements
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Sherdog Awards
- 2011 Knockout of the Year vs. Randy Couture on April 30
- Black Belt Magazine
- 2009 Fighter of the Year
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|24 matches||20 wins||4 losses|
|Win||20-4||Mark Muñoz||KO (head kick)||UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Munoz||October 26, 2013||1||3:10||Manchester, England, United Kingdom||Middleweight debut; Knockout of the Night.|
|Loss||19-4||Phil Davis||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 163||August 3, 2013||3||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||19-3||Dan Henderson||Decision (split)||UFC 157||February 23, 2013||3||5:00||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||18-3||Ryan Bader||KO (punch)||UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. Vera||August 4, 2012||2||1:32||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Loss||17-3||Jon Jones||Technical Submission (standing guillotine choke)||UFC 140||December 10, 2011||2||4:26||Toronto, Ontario, Canada||For the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship; Fight of the Night.|
|Win||17-2||Randy Couture||KO (jumping front kick)||UFC 129||April 30, 2011||2||1:02||Toronto, Ontario, Canada||Knockout of the Night; 2011 Knockout of the Year.|
|Loss||16-2||Quinton Jackson||Decision (split)||UFC 123||November 20, 2010||3||5:00||Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States|
|Loss||16-1||Mauricio Rua||KO (punches)||UFC 113||May 8, 2010||1||3:35||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Lost the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||16-0||Mauricio Rua||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 104||October 24, 2009||5||5:00||Los Angeles, California, United States||Defended the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||15-0||Rashad Evans||KO (punches)||UFC 98||May 23, 2009||2||3:57||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship; Knockout of the Night.|
|Win||14-0||Thiago Silva||KO (punches)||UFC 94||January 31, 2009||1||4:59||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Knockout of the Night.|
|Win||13-0||Tito Ortiz||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 84||May 24, 2008||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||12-0||Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou||Submission (arm triangle choke)||UFC 79||December 29, 2007||2||4:20||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||11-0||Kazuhiro Nakamura||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 76||September 22, 2007||3||5:00||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||10-0||David Heath||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 70||April 21, 2007||3||5:00||Manchester, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||9-0||Sam Hoger||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 67||February 3, 2007||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||8-0||Vernon White||Decision (unanimous)||WFA 1||July 22, 2006||3||5:00||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Win||7-0||Dimitri Wanderley||TKO (exhaustion)||Jungle Fight 6||April 29, 2006||3||3:24||Manaus, Brazil|
|Win||6-0||B.J. Penn||Decision (unanimous)||K-1: Hero's 1||March 26, 2005||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||5-0||Sam Greco||Decision (split)||MMA Romanex||May 22, 2004||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||4-0||Michael McDonald||Submission (forearm choke)||Beast 2004||March 14, 2004||1||2:30||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||3-0||Rich Franklin||KO (head kick & punches)||Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2003||December 31, 2003||2||1:00||Hyogo, Japan||Catchweight of 214 lbs.|
|Win||2-0||Stephan Bonnar||TKO (cut)||Jungle Fight 1||September 13, 2003||1||4:21||Manaus, Brazil|
|Win||1-0||Kengo Watanabe||Decision (unanimous)||NJPW Ultimate Crush||May 2, 2003||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
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- Lyoto Machida Official website
- The official Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida Fan Club (Facebook)
- Professional MMA record for Lyoto Machida from Sherdog
- Machida Facts and Training Routine
- UFC Profile
|10th UFC Light Heavyweight Champion
May 23, 2009 – May 8, 2010