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Lyoto Machida

Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida

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  • Given Name: Lyoto Carvalho Machida
  • Professional MMA Record: 22-5-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The Dragon
  • Current Streak: 1 Win
  • Age: 36 | Date of Birth: 1978.05.30
  • Last Fight: December 20, 2014 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Middleweight | Last Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Black House MMA
  • Height: 6'1" (186cm) | Reach: 74.0" (188cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $1,690,000 USD
  • Born: Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Los Angeles, California
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site

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Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida is one of the most skilled and elusive fighters in the history of mixed martial arts. His impressive list of victories includes former UFC Champions Rich Franklin, BJ Penn, Tito Ortiz, Rashad Evans, Mauricio Rua and Randy Couture as well as Thiago Silva, Stephan Bonnar, "The African Assassin" Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, Ryan Bader and Dan Henderson. Machida made his UFC debut in 2007 after compiling an undefeated 8-0 record outside of the promotion, and eventually propelled himself to a position as the top contender at 205 lbs. with six straight victories. Machida knocked out then-champion Rashad Evans for the Light Heavyweight Championship at UFC 98 in May of 2009, becoming the promotion’s second undefeated fighter to win a world title.


Born in the Brazilian city of Salvador in 1978, Machida was the third son of the highly ranked head of the Brazilian branch of the Japan Karate Association, Yoshizo Machida. He earned his black belt in Machida Karate at the age of 13 and went on to win major world titles in sport Karate competition before transitioning to mixed martial arts in 2003. He comes from a traditional Japanese family. His first name means "Dragon" in Japanese which is where he got his nickname. Although he is known for his striking ability, he has only finished ten of his twenty wins with eight T/KOs. He has received some criticism for his use of urine therapy in which he drinks his own urine in the morning in order to stay fit.


While the base of his fighting style is traditional Karate, Machida is also an experienced practitioner of Sumo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and western freestyle wrestling. He is able to combine these various disciplines into one of the most deceptive and difficult combative styles in the history of the sport. Although he has been criticized for retreating from opponents in the past, Machida often utilizes this technique to lull his opponents into a sense of complacency before launching an offensive striking assault of his own. His list of knockout victims is proof of his willingness to engage. However, his style has a key defect as he drops his rear hand as he punches on a retreat. This is likely due to that fact that in competitive karate tournaments points must be scored this way. 


The first fighter to solve the Machida puzzle was vaunted Brazilian striker Mauricio Rua. In their first fight, Rua used powerful leg kicks to continuously back up Machida, taking away Machida's kicks as he needs to be coming forward to get power behind them. Machida did however threw enough punches to win a highly disputed decision. In their next fight Rua, knocked Machida out in the first round of their highly anticipated rematch to deal "The Dragon" his first professional loss and relieve him of his title in the process.


Machida would go on to lose a close split decision to Quinton "Rampage" Jackson where both fighters were very tentative due to each fighters respective one punch power. He next defeated Randy Couture with a crane kick in another highly anticipated fight. This was to be Couture's last fight before retirement. This win earned him a title shot against UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones. After winning the first round against the champ, Machida was choked out by a standing guillotine in the second round. Machida rebounded from with a stunning second round knockout of Ryan Bader. At UFC 157, Lyoto would face Dan Henderson in the co-main event. He was coming off of a vicious knockout of Bader and Henderson was coming off of a long layoff in which he last tasted victory at UFC 139 in one of the greatest fights of all time against Mauricio Rua. Machida would earn the split decision victory over Henderson. He would follow that up with a decision loss to Phil Davis at UFC 163 in a very close and hard to score fight.


Machida was hoping to rebound again when he took on Mark Munoz in the main event of UFC Fight Night 30. Although this was his first time competing at middleweight, he was able to quickly finish his opponent with a head kick knockout that earned him "knockout of the night" honors. Machida would then have his sophmore fight at middleweight against Gegard Mousasi in the main event of UFC Fight Night 36. He would pick up the unanimous decision as well as the Fight of the Night bonus. Due to Vitor Belfort dropping out of the title fight against Chris Weidman, it would leave the opportunity for Machida to get the shot at UFC 175.

Machida lost the fight via unanimous decision. After Weidman had controlled much of the action throughout the first three rounds with his wrestling and relentless pressure, Machida began to find his range on his strikes in the fourth. Machida landed a number of hard strikes in the round including a left hook which stunned Weidman at the very end of the round. Machida would continue to find success striking early in the fifth as well. However, Weidman would land several hard shots of his own later in the round before seemingly clinching the round with a takedown and controlling Machida from top position for over a minute, although Machida managed to stand up and attack with a flurry of strikes in the closing seconds of the round. Despite losing on the scorecards, Machida earned his third Fight of the Night bonus award for his performance. Machida statde after the fight that he took to long to turn up the intensity and that it cost him the fight.

Machida looked to rebound by taking on C.B. "The Doberman" Dollaway at UFC Fight Night 58: Machida vs. Dollaway on December 20th. The fight with Dollaway would only last 1:02 into the first round where Machida hit Dollaway with a liver kick and would finish with strikes to earn the TKO victory. It would also earn Machida a Performance of the Night bonus.

Last updated 12.31.2014, 8:55 AM ET
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Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Confirmed Upcoming Bout

Luke Rockhold
22-5-0 13-2-0

UFC on FOX 15: Machida vs. Rockhold
Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2015.04.18
Win | KO/TKO
1:02 Round 1 of 5

C.B. Dollaway
21-5-0 15-5-0

UFC Fight Night 58: Machida vs. Dollaway
Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2014.12.20
Odds: -1000 (Huge Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Perf/Night | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs | Referee: Jerin Valel
UFC Fight Night 58 Performance of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Chris Weidman
21-4-0 11-0-0

UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida
Main Event | Title Challenge | Middleweight | 185

2014.07.05
Odds: +160 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $250,000 ($200K Base, $50K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 184.5 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean
#5 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2014
UFC 175 Fight of the Night
Cancelled Bout Chris Weidman UFC 173 2014.05.24
Reason: Weidman Knee Injury
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Gegard Mousasi
20-4-0 34-3-2

UFC Fight Night 36: Machida vs. Mousasi
Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2014.02.15
Odds: -225 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
#36 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2014
UFC Fight Night 36 Fight of the Night
Cancelled Bout Tim Kennedy UFC UFN 31 2013.11.06
Reason: Machida Rebooked
Win | KO/TKO | Kick
3:10 Round 1 of 5

Mark Muñoz
19-4-0 13-3-0

UFC Fight Night 30: Machida vs. Munoz
Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2013.10.26
Odds: -400 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 KO/Night | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs | Referee: Leon Roberts
#19 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2013
UFC Fight Night 30 Knockout of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Phil Davis
19-3-0 11-1-0

UFC 163: Aldo vs. Korean Zombie
Co-Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2013.08.03
Odds: -320 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs | Referee: Leon Roberts
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Dan Henderson
18-3-0 29-8-0

UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche
Co-Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2013.02.23
Odds: -220 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $200,000 Base | Weigh-In: 202.0 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:32 Round 2 of 3, 6:32 Total

Ryan Bader
17-3-0 14-2-0

UFC on FOX 4: Shogun vs. Vera
Co-Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2012.08.04
Odds: -300 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 201.0 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy
#16 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2012
Loss | Submission | Choke
4:26 Round 2 of 5, 9:26 Total

Jon Jones
17-2-0 14-1-0

UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida
Main Event | Title Challenge | Light HW | 205 lbs

2011.12.10
Odds: +400 (Heavy Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $75,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 204.0 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy
#10 Greatest Submission of All Time
#41 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2011
#4 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2011
UFC 140 Fight of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Kick
1:05 Round 2 of 3, 6:05 Total

Randy Couture
16-2-0 19-10-0

UFC 129: St. Pierre vs. Shields
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2011.04.30
Odds: -350 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $129,000 KO/Night | Weigh-In: 204.5 lbs | Referee: Yves Lavigne
#6 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#32 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2011
#2 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2011
UFC 129 Knockout of the Night
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Quinton Jackson
16-1-0 30-8-0

UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2010.11.20
Odds: -240 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
3:35 Round 1 of 5

Maurício Rua
16-0-0 18-4-0

UFC 113: Machida vs Shogun 2
Main Event | Title Defense | Light HW | 205 lbs

2010.05.08
Odds: -195 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 204.0 lbs | Referee: Yves Lavigne | Walkout Music: Linkin Park - Bleed It Out
#20 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#74 Biggest Upset of All Time
#8 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2010
#2 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2010
UFC 113 Knockout of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Maurício Rua
15-0-0 18-3-0

UFC 104: Machida vs Shogun
Main Event | Title Defense | Light HW | 205 lbs

2009.10.24
Odds: -428 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $200,000 Base | Weigh-In: 202.5 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean | Walkout Music: Linkin Park - Bleed It Out
#53 Greatest Fight of All Time
#5 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2009
#8 Greatest Light Heavy MMA Fight of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:57 Round 2 of 5, 8:57 Total

Rashad Evans
14-0-0 13-0-1

UFC 98: Evans vs. Machida
Main Event | Title Challenge | Light HW | 205 lbs

2009.05.23
Odds: -201 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $200,000 ($70K Base, $70K Bonus, $60K KO/Night) | Weigh-In: 204.0 lbs | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
#12 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#10 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2009
#10 Greatest Light Heavy MMA Fight of All Time
UFC 98 Knockout of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:59 Round 1 of 3

Thiago Silva
13-0-0 13-0-0

UFC 94: St-Pierre vs. Penn 2
Co-Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2009.01.31
Odds: -245 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $185,000 ($60K Base, $60K Bonus, $65K KO/Night) | Weigh-In: 206.0 lbs | Referee: Yves Lavigne
#43 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2009
UFC 94 Knockout of the Night
Cancelled Bout Thiago Silva UFC 89 2008.10.18
Reason: Silva Back Injury
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Tito Ortiz
12-0-0 15-5-1

UFC 84: Ill Will
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2008.05.24
Odds: -190 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $100,000 ($50K Base, $50K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 203.0 lbs | Referee: Yves Lavigne
Win | Submission | Choke
4:20 Round 2 of 3, 9:20 Total

Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou
11-0-0 4-1-0

UFC 79: Nemesis
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2007.12.29
Odds: -105 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $60,000 ($30K Base, $30K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 204.0 lbs | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Kazuhiro Nakamura
10-0-0 11-6-0

UFC 76: Knockout
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2007.09.22
Odds: -250 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 ($25K Base, $25K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 205.5 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy
Cancelled Bout Forrest Griffin UFC 70 2007.04.21
Reason: Griffin Staph Infection
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

David Heath
9-0-0 9-0-0

UFC 70: Nations Collide
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2007.04.21
Odds: -355 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $40,000 ($20K Base, $20K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 199.0 lbs | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Sam Hoger
8-0-0 6-2-0

UFC 67: All or Nothing
Preliminary Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2007.02.03
Odds: -600 (Huge Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $36,000 ($18K Base, $18K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 204.0 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Vernon White
7-0-0 24-26-2

WFA 4: King of the Streets
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2006.07.22
Odds: -800 (Huge Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $15,000 Base | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs | Referee: Nelson Hamilton
Win | KO/TKO
3:24 Round 3 of 3, 13:24 Total

Dimitri Wanderley
6-0-0 2-0-0

Jungle Fight
Main Card | Heavyweight

2006.04.29
Weigh-In: 216.053 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

BJ Penn
5-0-0 9-1-1

K-1: HERO'S 1
Main Card | Heavyweight

2005.03.26
Weigh-In: 220.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Sam Greco
4-0-0 1-0-1

K-1

2004.05.22
Win | Submission | Choke
2:30 Round 1 of 3

Michael McDonald
3-0-0 0-0-0

K-1

2004.03.14
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
1:03 Round 2 of 3, 6:03 Total

Rich Franklin
2-0-0 14-0-0

Inoki Genome Federation
Main Card | Heavyweight

2003.12.31
Win | KO/TKO | Injury
4:21 Round 1 of 3

Stephan Bonnar
1-0-0 4-0-0

Jungle Fight
Main Card | Heavyweight

2003.09.13
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Kengo Watanabe
0-0-0 7-8-2

Japan Regional
Main Card | Heavyweight

2003.05.02

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