Lyoto Machida: Four Reasons 'The Dragon' Will Be a Middleweight Contender

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Lyoto Machida: Four Reasons 'The Dragon' Will Be a Middleweight Contender
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Lyoto Machida has chosen a new path to UFC gold. 

After dropping a close and controversial decision to Phil Davis at UFC 163, Machida abandoned the light heavyweight division, opting to test his skills at 185 for the foreseeable future. 

The move is significant and potentially career-changing for "The Dragon." 

Machida poses problems for everybody at middleweight for a variety of reasons, a fact which will quickly land him in title contention. 

So, start the slideshow to see why the Karate master will rocket up the middleweight rankings. 

 

 

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