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"The Dragon"

21-4-0

Lyoto Machida

Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida

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  • Given Name: Lyoto Carvalho Machida
  • Professional MMA Record: 21-4-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The Dragon
  • Current Streak: 2 Wins
  • Age: 35 | Date of Birth: 1978.05.30
  • Last Fight: February 15, 2014 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Middleweight | Last Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $1,390,000 USD
  • Height: 6'1" (186cm) | Reach: 74.0" (188cm)
  • Gym/Affiliation: Black House / The Pit
  • 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.

Last updated 04.14.2014, 4:29 PM ET
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Lyoto Machida Middleweight Ranking History

Lyoto Machida MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Professional Results Opponent Event Date
Confirmed Upcoming Bout Chris Weidman
UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida
Main Event | Title Challenge | Middleweight | 185
2014.07.05
Odds: +175 Slight Underdog
Cancelled Bout Chris Weidman UFC 173 2014.05.24
Reason: Weidman Knee Injury
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total
Gegard Mousasi
Ref: Mario Yamasaki
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
#18 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 Munoz
Ref: Leon Roberts
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
#20 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
Ref: Leon Roberts
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
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Dan Henderson
Ref: Herb Dean
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
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:32 Round 2 of 3, 6:32 Total
Ryan Bader
Ref: John McCarthy
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
#16 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2012
Loss | Submission | Choke
4:26 Round 2 of 5, 9:26 Total
Jon Jones
Ref: John McCarthy
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
#12 Greatest Submission of All Time
#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
Ref: Yves Lavigne
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
#6 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#28 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
Ref: Herb Dean
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
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
3:35 Round 1 of 5
Mauricio Rua
Ref: Yves Lavigne
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
#23 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#61 Biggest Upset of All Time
#8 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2010
#26 Greatest Light Heavy MMA Fight of All Time
#2 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2010
UFC 113 Knockout of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total
Mauricio Rua
Ref: Herb Dean
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
#57 Greatest Fight of All Time
#4 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2009
#7 Greatest Light Heavy MMA Fight of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:57 Round 2 of 5, 8:57 Total
Rashad Evans
Ref: Mario Yamasaki
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
#12 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#10 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2009
#8 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
Ref: Yves Lavigne
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
#41 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
Ref: Yves Lavigne
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
Win | Submission | Choke
4:20 Round 2 of 3, 9:20 Total
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou
Ref: Mario Yamasaki
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
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Kazuhiro Nakamura
Ref: John McCarthy
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
Cancelled Bout Forrest Griffin UFC 70 2007.04.21
Reason: Griffin Staph Infection
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
David Heath
Ref: Mario Yamasaki
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
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Sam Hoger
Ref: John McCarthy
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
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Vernon White
Ref: Nelson Hamilton
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
Win | KO/TKO
3:24 Round 3 of 3, 13:24 Total
Dimitri Wanderley
Jungle Fight 6
Main Card | Heavyweight
2006.04.29
Weigh-In: 216.053 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
BJ Penn
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
K-1 : MMA Romanex 2004.05.22
Win | Submission | Choke
2:30 Round 1 of 3
Michael McDonald
K-1 : Beast 2004 2004.03.14
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
1:03 Round 2 of 3, 6:03 Total
Rich Franklin
Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2003: Inoki Festival
Main Card | Heavyweight
2003.12.31
Win | KO/TKO | Injury
4:21 Round 1 of 3
Stephan Bonnar
Jungle Fight 1
Main Card | Heavyweight
2003.09.13
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Kengo Watanabe
NJPW - Ultimate Crush
Main Card | Heavyweight
2003.05.02

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