Machida Adding Mass for Fight with Jones, Also Brings in Lawal for Training Camp

Cody SlovenskyContributor IINovember 23, 2011

We are just a few weeks away from UFC 140, where Jon Jones will take on Lyoto Machida to defend his UFC light heavyweight championship for a second time. 

This match up is a very interesting one. While Jones is explosive and flashy, Machida is reserved and elusive. Machida's style is a difficult style to figure out, and for this camp he has brought in former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion "King" Mo Lawal.

Mo is an outstanding wrestler, has much-improved striking and is a great person to add to Machida's camp for this fight. 

Machida has added 20 pounds of muscle, and physically looks totally different. A photo was released once Lawal had arrived in Brazil, and Machida looks bigger. You can view the photo by clicking here.

In Machida's last fight, he scored a fantastic knockout over MMA legend Randy Couture at UFC 129, and afterwards had a little disagreement with the UFC, and while originally expected to face Phil Davis, will now face the champion due to Rashad Evans being injured. 

It is not fair to count a fighter out before their fight has even taken place, and this is a fight that appears is being overlooked, even though it is truly a tough stylistic match up for Jones. 

This is a huge opportunity for Machida. This is a fight where he cannot afford any errors. If he is going to win this fight, he must keep his distance, and choose his moves wisely.

Jones hasn't been tested in very deep water's yet, and he was possibly gassed in the Shogun fight. If Machida can fight his fight, then he has a better chance of winning than many spectators are giving him.