32 Facts About Lyoto Machida

1. Lyoto Machida is a happily married man committed to his wife Fabyola.

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2. Lyoto Machida landed 65 percent of his takedown attempts during his UFC light-heavyweight career, which is best rate in divisional history.

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3. Lyoto Machida has earned head-kick finishes over Munoz and Couture, making him one of just seven fighters in UFC history to stop two opponents with a kick to the head.

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4. Lyoto Machida competes for the third time since dropping to the UFC middleweight division.

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5. Lyoto Machida has earned eight career victories against fighters who once held a world championship in UFC, Strikeforce or PRIDE.

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6. Lyoto Machida has suffered three of his four UFC middleweight losses by stoppage.

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

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8. 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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9. Lyoto Machida has drawn fire from fans, and criticism from MMA commentators for his limited aggression and many decision victories.

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10. Lyoto Machida has earned considerable respect from MMA fans, fighters, and commentators for his effectiveness and winning ways.

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11. Lyoto Machida uses a unique, unorthodox style in MMA that combines elements from his diverse training background.

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

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13. Lyoto Machida won the fight via knockout in the second round.

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14. Lyoto Machida won the fight via split decision, snapping his 3-fight losing streak.

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15. Lyoto Machida became eligible to return on 8 October 2017.

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16. Lyoto Machida was expected to face Dan Henderson for the second time in his career at UFC on Fox 19.

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17. 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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18. Lyoto Machida won the fight via TKO only 62 seconds into the first round after landing a body kick that dropped Dollaway, finishing him with a barrage of punches that forced the referee to stop the fight.

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19. Lyoto Machida would continue to find success striking early in the fifth as well.

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20. Lyoto Machida was then expected to get a title shot against the winner of the UFC 173 fight between UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort.

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

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22. 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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23. Lyoto Machida was expected to face Tim Kennedy on 6 November 2013, on the main event of UFC: Fight for the Troops 3.

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24. 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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25. Lyoto Machida was then briefly linked to a rematch with Rashad Evans at UFC 133, replacing an injured Phil Davis.

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

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28. 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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29. Lyoto Machida began his career in mixed martial arts under the management of legendary professional wrestler and MMA pioneer Antonio Inoki in Japan.

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

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31. Lyoto Machida began training in sumo at the age of 8 and Brazilian jiu-jitsu and boxing at sixteen.

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32. Lyoto Machida was born in Salvador, Brazil, as the third son of the highly ranked head of the Brazilian branch of the Japan Karate Association, Shotokan karate master Yoshizo Machida.

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