As Lyoto Machida’s UFC 163 scrap with Phil Davis came to a close in August, plenty of folks believed “The Dragon” was headed to his third consecutive win. Although Machida didn’t batter Davis around the cage for 15 minutes, the general consensus was that the former champ outscored “Mr. Wonderful” and deserved the victory (Fight Metric also concluded the same).
Now all that said, the fact remains it was another Machida bout where he went the distance, instead of blasting his opponent (cue footage of bout with Ryan Bader). So, as the 35 year-old continues to prepare for his October 26th fight with Mark Munoz, Machida has relayed the following about the UFC FN 30 headliner (comments via MMA Fighting.com):
“I always go to win decisively,” Machida said. “I had a (foot) injury and couldn’t show what I wanted in my last fight, but I’ll be different this time.”
Of course, the upcoming fight is an interesting one, as not only does it mark the middleweight debut of Machida, but he’ll face the promotion’s #5 ranked 185ér in Munoz. In addition, the two have trained together in the past, which often makes for an intriguing back story. In this case, however, it doesn’t sound like there’s going to be much in the way of trash talk.
“We were training together so that’s a little complicated, but that’s inevitable here in California,” Machida noted about training with “The Filipino Wrecking Machine”. “We always look for better training so we ended up training together. It’s complicated, but it’s tough for both of us. I’ve learned some things from his game, but he did too.”
“Mark Munoz was always very friendly, gave me tips during trainings,” he continued. “We helped each other a lot. But we were training together, it’s not like he was teaching me. You test yourself a lot during sparring.”
It’s going to be fascinating to see how it all plays out. UFC FN 30 will be hosted by the Phones4U Arena in Manchester, England.
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