Hopefully his training team, combined with personalized training from Aikido Master Steven Segal, will help Machida mix it up enough that he’ll prove to be a different fighter this Saturday, November 20, 2010, when he meets Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at The Palace of Auburn Hills for UFC 123.
In this video, you can see Segal telling Machida he needs to work on his combos and speed, to evade and then “eff” him up, “eff” up his rhythm; come out fast and intimidating, and scare his opponent. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think Rampage Jackson scares so easily.
I’m not so sure this training by Segal will be enough to help either. As cool as it looks, they did it in someone’s garden, on the walkway, with Segal telling Machida about the moves, and then showing his fancy stuff, but he never gets Machida to practice any of it!
And what’s with the whole, “here’s what you do with a kick” example? Segal looks like he’s not sure what to do with Machida’s leg!
Both are suffering from ring rust, but Rampage’s psychosis is-to Machida’s ability to focus. About the best advice Segal gave Machida is to not waste time wrestling or jockeying for position, but to quickly get rid of his opponent, punch him, and cut him.
We'll find out Saturday night if this was enough!