Now that Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida has won the light-heavyweight title, the rest of the division should be put on notice.
Machida’s reign could last as long as he wants. Machida was able to make the former light-heavyweight champion look like an amateur.
Rashad seemed to have had the hand speed, power and movement to rattle Machida; instead Machida was able to use those elements to take the "sugar" out of Rashad's game.
After that dominant performance the question becomes: Is there a fighter out there that can beat Machida or, are we in for an extended ride on the Machida championship train?
Currently, there are about five fighters who could potentially make a run at Machida. Whether they can take the title from him remains to be seen.
In no particular order, these are the fighters who can give Machida a good fight: Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Jon “Bones” Jones, Forrest Griffin, and Brandon “The Truth” Vera.
Plus one fighter who, in his prime, could have given Machida a real run for his money. That man is five-time former world champion Randy “The Natural” Couture.