Lyoto Machida: Not The Fan Favorite, But a Top Dog

Brian OCorrespondent IJune 4, 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).

Lyoto Machida may not be adored by the fans for his sometimes slow-paced fighting style, but I mean come on people! Any true MMA fan can respect his craft and technique in fighting.

I mean you have to respect a guy who literally has never lost a single UFC round and besides that has never been at all damaged in a UFC fight. He demolished Sokoudju, Rashad Evans, and others just ripping through them.

If people don't appreciate the style of fighting he does, then they should just become fans of boxing or wrestling, because honestly, the whole point and beauty of the UFC and MMA. It's diversity and all fighting styles across the board.

This is the problem with UFC "fans" today. They see a fight.

Perfect example, the Rashad Evans v. Chuck Lidell fight. It ended spectacularly That is the only fight they see and they assume that is what the UFC is about.

Truly, I have to say it is not. I think you can't define the UFC by one fight, but by a wide gamut of fights, with different techniques and styles utilized. You have to see and appreciate every facet of fighting before deciding if you're truly a "fan."

Anyways, back to my point, Lyoto Machida, while many may find him boring is an incredible fighter who I think may be the Anderson Silva of the Light-Heavyweight division(conveniently they train together). His fighting style is intriguing to watch and while it may not be the most exciting to watch a true UFC fan should realize that it should not be about excitement, but about the display of skills as well as utilization of all different types of techniques in fighting.

His unique style is what makes him unique and all critics should understand that not all fighters are or should be the same type. What kind of fights would they be if they all were the same kind of fighter?

I wouldn't want to watch that. I mean, seriously does anyone realize how much skill it takes to be a world champion in karate?

Think about it. He not only is the UFC champion, but also defeated every karate competitor in the world.

He is truly an amazing fighter with a wide skill-set(BJJ, Karate). Finally, although Machida is not the most popular, well-liked fighter, he deserves a lot of recognition for his great success and skills in fighting.


On a personal note: I am sorry I have not written in so long. I have been working on other projects. Thanks to my readers. I appreciate you guys and now that summer is here I'm back at full force.

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