Age of the Dragon: Lyoto Machida the New UFC Lightheavyweight Champion

Jonathan HunleyCorrespondent IMay 24, 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).

Tonight we witnessed the beginning of a new era in Mix Martial Arts as Lyoto Machida became the new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion with his Second Round KO of Rashad Evans.

Although the fight ended in the Second Round, Machida was winning the fight the whole time. He was patient and waited for his opening. Then we barred witness to the other side of Machida; the explosive side that he displayed earlier this year against Thiago Silva. I am find myself becoming more and more a fan of his.

Now if the rumors are true, he will be coaching on the next Ultimate Fighter Season opposite of Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, with the two meeting this December for the title. I am already looking forward to this one, as it should be a very interesting fight.

I for one believe that we are going to see Machida hold onto this title for quite some time though. His style is so difficult to prepare for and then defeat. I don't see anyone figuring him out any time soon.