Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
This is, by far, the most obvious reason why Lyoto Machida will excel at middleweight.
To put it simply, he's just really, really good.
There is no weak area in his game, and his power, speed and precision will overwhelm and frustrate every middleweight he faces (he and Anderson Silva will never fight, so don't give me that).
Even though any fighter can get caught, a point exemplified at UFC 162, Machida's striking is vastly better—on paper—than the entire middleweight roster (minus Silva).
His stand-up skills are absurd, and even if he does not score the knockout, he rarely gets outpointed or controlled on the feet.
One thinks some highlight-reel footage will emerge from The Dragon's trek to 185.
Machida's grappling was impressive at light heavyweight, and it will translate even better at middleweight.
There are few, if any, middleweights who will be able to take Machida to the mat, and even that is no guaranteed cakewalk. His Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt is well-earned and well-tested, and he has only been submitted once in his 23-fight career.
Offensively, Machida is just as impressive.
His quick trips and throws have downed many a light heavyweight, and these techniques will be even easier against his lighter, smaller foes at 185.
Overall, Machida has a near-perfect skill set, and he will shine at middleweight.