Who Can Beat Lyoto Machida?

Brian BemisContributor IMay 26, 2009

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 21: Lyoto Machida of Brazil and David Heath of England in action during a Welterweight bout of the Ultimate Fighting Championship at the Manchester Evening News Arena on April 21, 2007 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Gary M. Prior/Getty Images).

The fighters are in the octagon. One is moving around with purpose, while the other appears to be stumped as to what to do. A couple of smirks shows he is perplexed. One wrong attempt and—bam—he's down.

No answer in sight and dropped to the floor. Next round a few strategically placed shots knock out an opponent that has never been knocked out. Yeah, I am talking about the Rashad Evans—Lyoto Machida Fight.

Who can beat Machida?  I am not a coach by any means, but I believe the only person or thing that can beat Machida will have to possess the following criteria:

  1. He must be able to take multiple hits upside the head.
  2. He must be able to move forward after taking multiple hits upside the head.
  3. He must be able to repeat moving forward and taking hits up side the head for the entire fight.

All jokes aside, this guy is not really scary but crafty. He's a brawlers worse nightmare.  He will make the average fighter look really stupid. He does it with such ease that it reminds me of a magician doing a magic trick.

If you look at Machida's previous fights, he appears to be getting more focused, more precise, and has a pretty scary stance that says "Come Get Yours" (my trademark for brawldog).

Can you imagine looking into his eyes; and he is one arm to the left, one to the right you swing and then he's on your side?  Mr. Elusive is his name. I thought Anderson Silva did it the best, but Machida does it in slow motion, and it works for some reason.

As I look at the UFC roster, I can honestly say that I don't see anyone who can match his skills, as of today. If you are not aware, it is rumored that Rampage will be fighting him next, and they will be on the next Ultimate Fighter show.

Rampage is a great fighter, but if he doesn't tuck that leg in he will be gone quickly. He does have an aggressive style which is in his favor. I believe whoever beats Machida will have to be in his face constantly. If you sit back and wait you will be dinner.

So, with several months to go before that showdown, Rampage will have a chance to watch him train a little.  I just hope Rampage practices some bowling, ping pong, horseshoes, or something else so that when he does compete on the Ultimate Fighter  he will win that event. 

If he wins that event this could scare Machida...now you know I am joking.

So what is it going to take to beat Machida?  I would love to hear what you got to say.