LYOTO MACHIDA

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Lyoto Machida
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Vital Statistics
Full Name Lyoto Carvalho Machida
Nick Name The Dragon
Reach 74 in
Record 17 - 2 - 0 (Win - Loss - Draw)
Wins 6 (T)KOs ( 35.29 %)
2 Submissions ( 11.76 %)
9 Decisions ( 52.94 %)
Loses 1 (T)KO (50%)
1 decision (50%)
Association Black House
Height 6'1"" (185.42cm)
Weight 205 poundslbs (92.99kg)
Style Karate
Birth May 30, 1978
City Salvador
Country Brazil

Lyoto Machida is the son of Shotokan karate master Yoshizo Machida, and was born and raised in Brazil. He began taking Karate at the age of three, and received his black belt at the age of 13, and currently is a 3rd Dan in Shotokan Karate. He won a handful of Karate competitions including the 2001 Pan American Karate tournament. He also started studying Sumo when he was 12(in which he won a few tournaments as a teen and championships as an adult,) and began taking Jiu Jitsu at the age of 15 becoming very successful at that as well. Lyoto also earned a college degree in Physical Education at this time as well.

In May of 2003, Lyoto fought his first professional MMA bout in Tokyo, Japan. He fought Kengo Watanabe and was able to defeat him by decision. Machida would fight two more times in 2003, and both were eventual UFC Stars as well. He fought Stephan Bonnar in his second pro fight at the first Jungle Fight event, and would get the win when the doctor stopped the fight because of a cut Bonnar had sustained. Months later, back in Japan, he would fight eventual middleweight champion Rich Franklin. Machida defeated Franklin in the second round via TKO due to strikes. Machida would only fight twice in 2004, and both fights were under the K1 banner and took place in Japan. Machida won both bouts, one by decision and one by submission, and was rolling into 2005 undefeated at 5-0.

In an open weight fight in Japan under K1, Machida would fight BJ Penn in an open weight fight. Machida fought at a weight of 225 lb, and Penn weighed in at 191 lbs. Machida defeated Penn by unanimous decision. It would end being the only time Machida would fight in 2005. In 2006, Machida would fight twice and win both fights. He would first fight Dimitri Wanderley at Jungle Fight 6 and win by decision. Machida would then fight Vernon White and win by unanimous decision in Los Angelos. At 8-0 Lyoto Machida was then invited to fight at UFC 67.

On February 3, 2007 Lyoto Machida made his UFC debut against Sam Hoger, and he would win the fight by decision. Before the year was out, Machida would fight 3 more times for the UFC. He would defeat David Heath and Kazuhiro Nakamura by decision, and he would defeat Thiery Sokoudjou by arm triangle in the first round. Because of injury, Machida would only fight one time in 2008. At UFC 84 Machida fought Tito Ortiz, and the fight went to a decision unanimously given to Lyoto. Many critics and analysts thought Tito Ortiz won the fight.

If Machida’s pro mma career had a turning point, it would be safe to say it happened in 2009. At 13-0, Machida had already taken a step up in competition by defeating Ortiz, and it was time to fight the upper echelon of the division. He would fight Thiago Silva at UFC 94, and he would knock out the Brazilian fighter at 4:59 of the first round with punches. With that win he would get the offer to fight Rashad Evans for the lightweight championship. He would fight Evans at UFC 98, and would knock Evans out cold to win the UFC light heavyweight championship belt. In October of 2009 he would fight former Pride champion Mauricio Shogun Rua at UFC 104. The fight would go all five rounds, and Machida would remain the champion.

The fight with Rua was so close that the UFC promised a rematch, and the stage was set for UFC 113. Rua would come out and knock out Machida at 3:57 into the fight. It was the first time Machida had lost a pro fight, and it was the first time he was knocked out. While attempting to get back in title contention, Machida would fight former champion Quinton Jackson at UFC 123. Machida was handed his second loss by decision, and in a turn of events, many thought he won. At UFC 129 Machida defeated UFC Hall of Famer and former champion Randy Couture. He would knock out Couture with a front kick to the face sending Couture to the floor out cold. After some injuries with in the top of the division, Machida was invited to face current champion Jon Jones for the UFC belt at UFC 140.