In the last 10 seconds of round three in the main event at UFC 96 Keith 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, ruining the chances of my favorite fighter to FINALLY get his title shot.
Rampage won the fight, and was asked to go back into training two weeks following the event to challenge Rashad Evans for his reign over the very-deep 205 lbs. division.
Rampage decided to take some time off, leaving Lyoto Machida to fight Rashad for the title. For the first time ever in UFC history two undefeated fighters were going at it in a title fight.
Machida is a fighter who is criticized for being boring, but picking his openings and capitalizing on his opponents mistakes. As fighters rush in against him they get counter-punched, tripped, taken to the floor, and handled like nothing else.
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 is defeated for the first time in his career by knockout.
5-23-2009 - Undefeated athlete Rashad Evans slumps against the cage as he is knocked out for the first time in his career. He wakes up to the lights above, and a realization that he lost his belt.
Lyoto Machida is the true King Of the Light-Heavyweight Division, second to none.
With his unorthodox style he jumps in, hits his opponent with a couple shots, counters when they rush in, and trips them when they make a mistake.
He has a black belt in Jujitsu and Shotokan karate, he is, by far, a very special fighter, and he holds the secret to the future of the sport.
Many mindless idiots criticize him for not standing in the pocket and swinging wildly with his opponents, but tell me something...
If you walk into an alleyway and 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 instincts 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 go 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 de-throne Machida?
Nobody. When all is said and done, Machida is, and will be for a long time, the true King of The UFC Light-Heavyweight Division.
As Joe Rogan said it (and i couldn’t agree more) welcome to the Machida Era.