Mauricio Rua vs. Lyoto Machida: Karate Is...Dead Again?

Brandon HinchmanCorrespondent IMay 19, 2010

MONTREAL- MAY 8: Lyoto Machida lies on the mat after been defeated by Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua in their light heavyweight bout at UFC 113 at Bell Centre on May 8, 2010 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua won the bout by KO.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
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Despite months of focus and training, Lyoto Machida lost to Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. The loss is a tough one for Machida, but what's the most difficult part?

If you ask UFC fans what the hardest part of the loss will be for Machida, you will likely get a few different answers.

Some would obviously say losing the belt to Shogun is the worst part of it all. Others say that losing for the first time to a first round knockout is the worst.

Then there is the question regarding the effectiveness of Karate.

After defeating Rashad Evans, Machida exclaimed, "Karate is back!" However, if the win over Evans determined that Karate is back, is Machida's loss to Shogun an indication that it went as quickly as it came?

There is no doubt that Machida is an excellent fighter, although how much of his success is due to ample strategic planning instead of Karate?

Karate is outdated, and it has fallen subject to grappling multiple times on multiple occasions. The world knew this, and that's why Machida excitedly told the world that it was back in the game.

But after becoming a victim of Shogun's Muy Thai leg kicks in both their matches, apparently Machida Karate is only effective up to a certain point, namely the point that fighters realize that a combination of patience and leg kicks is the key to fighting a counter-striker.

Perhaps Karate will help Machida win a few more fights in the UFC, but fans would be foolish to think that no other fights in the UFC light heavyweight division saw what destroyed Machida, and they will no doubt try to duplicate the destruction.

Since Machida was the herald for Karate's return, it must be dead for now.