The True UFC Light-Heavyweight King Emerges in Lyoto Machida

joshua khanContributor IMarch 11, 2009

At the end of round three at UFC 96, the last 10 seconds, Kieth Jardine dropped to the canvas, lashed out and grabbed onto the leg of Former Light-Heavyweight Champion Quintin Rampage Jackson. 

During the post-fight press conference, Jardine admitted that one of the judges had informed him that he lost the fight in the last 10 seconds, taking away my dream and glory of my favorite fighter FINALLY getting his title shot. 

Rampage wins the fight, and is asked to go back into training two weeks following the event to take on Rashad Evans, for the Top of the Mountain in the very deep 205 Division. 

There seems to be a glimmer of hope out there somewhere because it now seems that Jackson will have to decline the fight with Rashad, to me, that was amazing news. 

There is a fighter, a man criticized for being boring, picking his openings and capitalizing on his opponents mistakes.  As fighters rush in, they get counter punched, tripped, taken to the floor, handled like nothing else.  There are many...many naysayers out there.


12-31-2003 - Rich Franklin gets knocked clean out in the second round.

12-29-2007 - Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou taps out to a arm triangle choke.

1-31-2009 - Undefeated monster Thiago Silva, not only did he get defeated for the first time in his career, but he also tasted it by knockout.


Lyoto Machida is the true King Of the Light-Heavyweight Division, second to no one.

With his unorthodox style, he jumps in, hits his opponent with a couple shots, counters when they rush in, trips them when they make a mistake.  He is a black belt in Jujitsu and Shotokan karate, he is an elusive piece, he has by far a very special fighter, and he is truly the secret to the future of the sport. 

Many mindless idiots criticize him for not standing in the pocket and swinging wildy with his opponents, now tell me something...

If you walk into an alleyway, you get into a fight, would you rather be able to walk out of the alleyway all bloodied and needing stitches or would you rather be able to go in for a job interview the next day? 

When it comes to basic instinct, our goal is to survive, and Lyoto Machida can do more than that, he's the monster in the closet that no one wants to get near.

Machida trains with Black house, which is also the same team as Vitor Belfort and Anderson Silva, a very powerful training camp, who could possibly dethrone Machida? no one, when all is said and done, Machida is, and will be for a long time, the true King of The UFC Light-Heavyweight Division.