Lyoto Machida
The Dragon
Mixes up his style
December 16, 2018
Machida defeated Rafael Carvalho via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at Bellator 213 on Saturday in Honolulu.
Machida's performance was somewhat vintage and somewhat new. In the first two rounds, he seemed to stay ahead of Carvalho with his karate style. He darted in and scored with punches and kicks against the former Bellator champion. In the final round, Machida went to his wrestling. He took down Carvalho and salted away the fight. The former UFC light heavyweight champion left the UFC after two victories. He now put himself into position to challenge Bellator middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi, who he previously defeated in 2014.
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Bellator debut booked
September 13, 2018
Machida will make his Bellator debut against former middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho on Dec. 15 in Honolulu, Hawaii, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
Machida exited the UFC on a two-fight winning streak, and the 40-year-old was awarded a lucrative opportunity to continue his MMA career under the banner of Bellator MMA. He'll immediately draw a considerable test against one of the tougher middleweights on the roster in Calvalho. The fellow Brazilian had been riding a 15-fight winning streak prior to losing his championship belt to another former UFC product in Gegard Mousasi last May. Despite what will inevitably be a hall-of-fame career, Machida seems likely to enter as a betting underdog in this one.
Officially on board with Bellator
June 22, 2018
Machida signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator MMA on Friday, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
Machida will leave the promotion that made him on a two-fight winning streak, most recently sending Vitor Belfort into retirement with a front kick at UFC 224. At 40 years old but not quite yet ready to call it quits, "The Dragon" will look to build on a 24-8 professional record. Plans for his Bellator debut have yet to be announced.
Sends Vitor Belfort into retirement with brutal KO
May 12, 2018
Machida defeated Vitor Belfort via KO (front kick) at 1:00 of Round 2 at UFC 224 on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro.
The knockout was one of the most impressive in UFC history, will be shown on highlight reels for years to come, and will certainly earn Machida a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus. That's the good news. The bad news is that a KO of the since retired (we think) Belfort doesn't mean a whole heck of a lot these days. While Vitor was suspiciously inactive over the course of the fight, Machida was as well. Neither man did much anything prior to the finish. After the bout was over, Machida called out Michael Bisping. Bisping said this week that unless the right fight comes along, he is most likely retired. It's a bout that makes sense. Let's see if it can come together.
Booked against "The Phenom" at UFC 224 in May
February 20, 2018
Machida will take on fellow Brazilian Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort in a middleweight matchup at UFC 224 on May 12 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Machida squeaked out a split decision over Eryk Anders back on Feb. 3, picking up his first victory with the promotion since December 2014. "The Dragon" is a long way from competing against ranked UFC middleweights, and will be nearly 40 years old when he enters the Octagon in May. Both fighters are nearing the end of the line in legendary MMA careers, and it seems likely that each of them will hang up the gloves after this matchup -- win or lose. Ten years ago this fight would have been one of the best the promotion could make, but now each fighter is fading fast, and is under the restrictions of USADA drug testing as well. Determining the winner here will likely come down to which UFC legend has more left in the tank, or simply a matter of who lands the first power shot. Also noteworthy is that Belfort is a product of Rio de Janeiro, negating any home field advantage Machida may have had fighting in front of a Brazilian crowd.
Takes dubious decision over Eryk Anders in the main event of UFC Belem
February 3, 2018
Machida defeated Eryk Anders via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 49-46) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Belem, Brazil
This was a very questionable decision. Machida appeared to win the first round with his motion on the outside. However, after that round, he had a lot of trouble avoiding power shots from Anders. While he moved around on the outside, he simply did not have enough offense to win rounds. The judges thought differently and awarded him the decision. Machida really needed this win. He had dropped three-straight fights and had not won since 2014.