The last time we saw Lyoto Machida victorious was 2014. Since then, there’s been a lot of ugliness, and a USADA-spawned suspension that kept him away from the cage. At UFC Fight Night 119, the former light-heavyweight king was all set for a comeback in front of a partisan crowd, against an opponent in Derek Brunson that was supposed to be, well, if not an easy win, at least an attainable win.
Instead, we got yet another addition to the “Please Make Lyoto Machida Retire” list.
If you’ll recall, Machida’s karate used to make his counter lefts a devastating weapon, and his front kicks were a thing of destructive beauty. And sure, when Brunson came forward and engaged, the Brazilian was launching that reverse punch and snapping kicking with great aplomb.
But all it took was Brunson clipping him with a punch, and when Machida began to tumble, Brunson swarmed. Seconds later, the former champ was out cold.
Watching this happen to such a once-great warrior is hard to stomach. Someone please make it stop.
Results: Derek Brunson def. Lyoto Machida via TKO (Punches) at 2:30, R1