By now, the tale of Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida is well known. Before he ever sampled Octagon life, he was an up-and-coming badass out of Brazil who, because of his Japanese lineage, fought a bit in Japan, where he defeated the likes of Rich Franklin and BJ Penn (!). Then came his steady climb to the top of the UFC’s light-heavyweight division, facilitated by his jiu-jitsu black belt and karate-heavy striking style that took a long time for opponents to figure out. Machida sets foot into the UFC’s cage for the 17th time on Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 36, in a main event that pits him against stand-up specialist Gegard Mousasi. Will Mousasi prove to be a stepping stone to a shot at the middleweight belt? Here are the facts about Machida, laid out in concise, easily-digestible form. Peruse them, then decide.
- Machida’s overall MMA record is 20-4, with eight wins by knockout, two by submission and 10 by decision.
- He’s lost by KO once, submission once, and decision twice.
- He knocked out Rashad Evans at UFC 98 to win the 205-pound strap; he lost the belt to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 113. The loss to Shogun was his lone KO loss.
- His submission loss was to champ Jon Jones at UFC 140. Machida didn’t tap, so Jones put him to sleep.
- The Dragon’s most notable wins are over the likes of Evans, Shogun (when the fought the first time at UFC 104), Tito Ortiz, Randy Couture and Dan Henderson.
- For beating Ortiz, Machida got a little extra love from the boss.
- When Machida KO’d Couture with a crane kick at UFC 129, it knocked a front tooth of “The Natural” clear out of his mouth.
- Machida’s current middleweight run comes after years of competing at light-heavyweight, where he was often undersized (i.e., he cut very little weight compared to others). In his 185-pound debut, he took on top-ranked Mark Munoz – and needed only three minutes and 10 seconds to knock the Filipino fighter out.