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A Dominant Champion

Former champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida looks to take back his title from Jon “Bones” Jones this Saturday at UFC 140.

Machida landing a kick

In his first seven fights in the UFC Machida had not lost a single round on the judges scorecards. Until he fought “Shogun” Rua in October 2009 he was viewed as an untouchable fighter. His karate style, fused with flurries of unorthodox strikes overwhelmed most opponents.

This was until “Shogun” brought his brand of ferocious muay thai to the cage. The two fought to a controversial decision, and though Machida won, he left the cage with a bruised body. “Shogun” was granted a rematch seven months later and finished Machida with strikes in the first.

Machida would go on to lose a split decision to “Rampage” Jackson where he appeared tentative. He found himself back in the win column with a jumping front kick to Randy Couture’s face that looked like it came right out of a Karate Kid movie.

I’ve chosen to take some time to highlight Machida’s career because he has seen some adversity and he is looking to find himself back on top.

More on Jones and the fight after the jump…

Jones on the other hand has just about crushed every opponent put in front of him. He has no problem doing all sorts of crazy things in the cage whether it be spinning elbows, jumping kicks, pulling guard for a triangle, flying knees, or a suplex.

Jones after a win

Having never been defeated Jones walks around with confidence that has been earned.

I think early in the fight the two will keep their distance from one another. Jones has an incredible eighty-four inch reach that allows him to land strikes while keeping himself safe. Machida has made a career out jumping towards his opponent, landing a few strikes, and then getting out of range.

Ultimately I think Jones will catch Machida leaping in and will continue to be the light-heavyweight champion.

I’m hoping third times the charm for my fight picks.

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  1. david hardman
    December 8, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Good stuff Stevie…Machida by split dec.!!!!

  2. jsmith14
    December 8, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Machida drinks his own piss…Jones via 3rd or 4th round TKO.

    • jsmith14
      December 8, 2011 at 11:01 pm

      Also…you have the best blog

  3. December 9, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Haha I believe he finally stopped doing that after doctors told him there weren’t really any benefits. Thanks for the kind words and comments.

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