Lyoto Machida Sees Immediate Results in UFC Middleweight Debut

October 28, 2013
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Lyoto Machida at UFC 104

Former light heavyweight title contender Lyoto Machida made his long awaited middleweight debut at UFC Fight Night 30 in Manchester, England, on Saturday night and saw immediate results, knocking out good friend Mark Munoz in the opening round.

Machida looked light on his feet as he stalked Munoz around the cage in the opening minutes before he set up the finish, catching Munoz with a kick to the body that he followed up with a left head kick, knocking him out.

“It’s very hard for me. I did a diet for one month, very strict diet, but I got it,” Machida said about the weight cut.

The Brazilian stayed at 205 pounds for so long out of respect for teammate and former middleweight champion Anderson Silva, but with Chris Weidman the current champion, it was time for the 35-year-old to make the drop and he looked comfortable in the Octagon.

“I’ll stay at 185 (pounds),” Machida revealed. “My bosses Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta, they decide everything. If they ask me to fight at 205 again, I’ll do it.”

The victory opens plenty of doors for “The Dragon,” who is now where he belongs, and becomes the bigger guy in the division, which may allow him to be more aggressive in his fights as he now plots his way to a shot at the title, quite possibly in 2014.

“I’m back to my best; I’m back to my real Karate,” Machida said on the UFC Post-Fight Show on Fox Sports 2. “I trained well for this fight. I want to be champion. I want the belt. I have to chase the belt.”

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  • Wolf Ticket

    I wonder if he would “chase the belt” even if Anderson gets it back later this year.

    • Andrew MMA

      He said that he would fight Silva.

      • Theinstruction.com

        I’m pretty sure silva is moving up to light heavy weight regardless the out come of his Chris weidman fight. They are best friends and I think machida knows it which is the only reason he said he would fight him if he has too. It’s to lead the fans on but he knows he doesn’t have too and they both said many times before they would never fight each other. Many new opponents for silva in light heavy weight not to mention super fight with jones.

  • Mr Pete

    To be fair, Machida handled the light heavyweight division without ever being muscled, it can be argued he really only lost against two fighters. Even the Jones fight is suspect, “imo” I feel like it was a fluke,

    So i see “the bigger aggressive fighter” reasoning to be more of an aggressive Machida hell bent on not losing another “controversial decision”.

    • Austin, TX

      The thing about Machida and his decisions is they give the ones he should have lost and take the ones he won. He won that fight against Rampage. I rewatched it twice. Decision was bogus. And he lost that opening fight with Shogun an they give it to him. The Hendo fight also was suspect in my opinion. He danced around Hendo and they give it to him. I gave Hendo the nod that time. But they always reverse the decisions, ie get it backwards with him.

      • Mike mckinney

        Or you have it backwards…
        I agree with some of what you said but different people give different value to things in the cage. Machidas problem is he hopes to often that Judges value what he does.

        • Sarcasticball

          Agreed!

      • Mr Pete

        I get where you are coming from, but the Henderson fight imo was clear and obvious based on 3 rounds and current mma rules. I saw Machida landing brutal knees and kicks while Henderson did not land anything. If swinging at air and walking forward is “winning” a fight than by all mean put dunce a hat on me. The “decision” against Shogun need to be put to rest, it was 5 years. As witness by Jones/Gus you need to beat the champ to be the champ. Basically Machida won on points, while Shogun won on damage. In a fight I weigh heavily in favor of damage inflicted but in mma points and stats overrule. In conclusion, logical reasoning based on fight performance, fight competition and the fighters ability to adapt indicates MAchida as truly one of the elite fighters in mma at any weight. His losses were more Machida losing than his opponent being the better fighter.

        Note: other than Shogun every fighter Machida has faced went on record as to dismiss a rematch including Jones (which i truly feel he got away with one)

  • Hugh Shakeshaft

    This is exiting. I think 185 might be Machida’s wheelhouse. I can’t wait to see him fight some other top 185ers. I’m good with Mousasi vs. Machida. I still think Mousasi hasn’t been tested in the UFC.

  • Stephen Quadros

    Don’t really think he has a size advantage,it’s more like he’s fighting people his size now.

    • Sarcasticball

      Agreed I’m not sure he is bigger than Weidman or Belfort.

  • The Best Eva

    Sweet kick, I think Machida and Wideman is going to be great if Anderson loses.

  • julian moran

    Machida, Jacare, Weidman, Silva, Bisping.. so many good fights at MW.

  • Kalen

    Check your article buddy… Machida was the champ at lightheavy