28 Facts About Lyoto Machida

1. Lyoto Machida began training in sumo wrestling at the age of 8, and then BJJ and boxing at sixteen.

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2. Lyoto Machida won a number of amateur karate tournaments, including the 2001 Pan American Karate tournament.

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3. Lyoto Machida trained at the New Japan Pro-Wrestling Dojo for six months in 2003 where he lived with future WWE Superstars Shinsuke Nakamura and Bryan Danielson.

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4. In front of over 40,000 fans at Kobe Wing Stadium, Lyoto Machida defeated Franklin via TKO in the second round.

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5. Lyoto Machida staggered Franklin with a counter left punch and knocked him down with a front kick to the face, finishing up with punches which forced the referee to stop the fight.

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6. When K-1 began promoting Hero's, a series of fight cards featuring only MMA bouts rather than cards mixed with kickboxing matches, Lyoto Machida was transferred there.

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7. Lyoto Machida made his UFC debut on the preliminary card of UFC 67 against Sam Hoger and won by unanimous decision.

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8. Lyoto Machida submitted Sokoudjou with an arm triangle choke at 4:20 of the second round.

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9. Lyoto Machida was expected to face Quinton Jackson in his first title defense, but Jackson opted to coach the tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter instead.

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10. When Rampage tried to retaliate, Lyoto Machida scored a takedown, eventually gaining full mount and attempted a submission.

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11. Lyoto Machida was then set to face UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture on 30 April 2011, at UFC 129.

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12. Lyoto Machida was in talks to face Phil Davis, but the fight wouldn't end up happening due to Davis needing more time to recover from knee surgery.

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13. Instead, Lyoto Machida replaced an injured Rashad Evans and faced UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones on 10 December 2011, in the main event of UFC 140.

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14. Fightmetric analysis shows that while Davis landed more total strikes, Lyoto Machida landed the more significant strikes.

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15. Lyoto Machida defeated Munoz via head kick KO at the 3:10 mark of the first round, earning him his fourth Knockout of the Night award.

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16. Lyoto Machida was praised for demonstrating class and sportsmanship by not throwing any additional punches to the grounded Munoz after knocking him down before the referee stopped the fight.

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17. Lyoto Machida became a free agent after the bout, and after entertaining offers from various promotions he re-signed with the UFC.

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18. Lyoto Machida won the fight via unanimous decision after five rounds, earning his second Fight of the Night bonus award.

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19. Lyoto Machida landed a number of hard strikes in the round including a left hook which stunned Weidman at the very end of the round.

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20. Lyoto Machida faced Luke Rockhold on 18 April 2015, at UFC on Fox 15.

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21. Lyoto Machida lost the fight via submission in the second round after being dominated on the ground by Rockhold throughout the whole of the fight.

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22. Lyoto Machida was ultimately suspended for 18 months by USADA, becoming eligible to return on 8 October 2017.

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23. On 13 August 2016, Lyoto Machida faced former Strikeforce middleweight champion and UFC welterweight contender, Jake Shields, in a grappling only benefit event called Submit Cancer.

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24. On 22 June 2018, it was reported that Lyoto Machida signed a multi-fight contract with Bellator MMA.

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25. Lyoto Machida headlined Bellator 245 in a rematch against Phil Davis on September 11, 2020.

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26. Lyoto Machida defied expectations at UFC 94, where he earned Knockout of the Night honors for his first-round stoppage of then-undefeated Thiago Silva.

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27. Lyoto Machida said that the karate seen nowadays has lost many techniques over the years in which it was practiced, and that his style was one of the very few that still kept those techniques.

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28. Lyoto Machida is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Walter Broca.

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