by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
In a battle of unbeaten light heavyweights, Lyoto Machida made his case for why he should the #1 contender for the 205lb title as he knocked out Thiago Silva at the end of the first round at UFC 94.
The strategy of Lyoto Machida never seems to be a secret as he plays an elusive, and dangerous game of cat and mouse just waiting to pounce on his opponent at just the right moment. Unfortunately for Thiago Silva, he played right into Machida’s game.
With Silva moving forward early, Machida connected with a big punch that put his opponent on the floor and he quickly followed up to work on the ground. Silva persevered and the fight got back to the feet.
Again Machida made Silva pay for over pursuing him landing another series of strikes that had to leave his opponent guessing at what he could do to hurt his fellow Brazilian.
As the seconds ticked away and the round was closing, Machida landed a quick trip takedown and as Silva turned to try and defend, the “Dragon” flew in with a vicious right hand that bounced his opponent’s head off the canvas, leaving him unconscious as the horn sounded to end the round.
As the referee swooped in to signal the end of the round it was obvious that Silva was knocked out and the fight was stopped, and Lyoto Machida kept his perfect record in tact.
“I’m very happy to be here, Thiago is a tough, but today I was better than him,” Machida said addressing the Las Vegas crowd. “When I fight here I feel in my home.”
Now the question has to be raised as Machida raises his UFC record to 6-0, is he the top contender for Rashad Evans’ light heavyweight title? Machida asked the crowd in attendance the very same question.
“People, am I deserving the title shot?” Machida screamed to the crowd. “Whatever, whoever, I’m here.”