Lyoto Machida Says He "Felt More Aggressive" Against Randy Couture at UFC 129
Bleacher Report's Mike Hodges:
Machida, who was on a two-fight losing streak, attempted a flying crane kick that landed precisely on his opponent's chin, dropping him in the process. It's a win he desperately needed and a win he credited to his training regiment.
"I increased my training, demanding more from my sparrings, and I felt comfortable in every single situation," Machida explained to TATAME.com following his victory.
Machida continued saying he focused more on his karate and implemented different training techniques and a nutrition plan in order to prepare for the light heavyweight bout. And while he did change a few things during his training camp, "The Dragon" said he stuck to his roots that helped him become UFC light heavyweight champion not too long ago.
"I felt myself more aggressive… I kept my style, but with an upgrade," Machida said.
He credits the upgrade to his father, Yoshizo Machida and actor / martial artist, Steven Seagal, who helped Machida perfect his flying crane kick, ultimately earning "Knockout of the Night" honours.
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