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Lyoto Machida vs. Rashad Evans

Posted on: May 24, 2009 12:09 am
Edited on: May 24, 2009 1:14 am
Round 1. Evans has a champion's swagger. Lyoto has the height advantage, but Rashad has the reach. Machida fakes a couple times early, but we get no contact for the first minute of the fight. They continue to feel each other out, with neither man throwing much. Machida throws a high leg kick 2 minutes in. Evans pretends as if he's hurt mainly to taunt Machida and comes forward with some punches which don't connect. Machida lands a body kick and they dance around some more. Machida with another body kick and this time Rashad isn't feigning injury. He goes down, and Machida follows to the ground with rapid punches. Rashad recovers and makes it back to his feet. Machida is opening up a little more with kicks at the end of the round. That wasn't a very exciting round, but it certainly could have been worse. I'm not sure that Rashad landed anything all round. 10-9 Machida.

Round 2. Machida throws a few leg kicks, and then a body kick. Thus far the Machida body kick has been the most successful tactic in the fight. Machida moves in aggressively with some punches on Rashad and Rashad fires back with some hard punches of his own. Machida immediately backtracks and reconsiders that strategy. Machida fakes a kick and throws a punch. For all the talk about his style, it is Machida pressing the action here. Evans hasn’t had a lot of answers. Machida lands a series of lefts that keep dropping Evans. Evans keeps getting up but Machida is coming to finish and he knocks him out cold with a right to win the light heavyweight title. Tremendous, star making performance by Machida. Crowd absolutely erupts. A straight left was what finished Rashad off although Machida overwhelmed him with offense.

The thing you’ve got to say for Machida is that while he is very careful in avoiding taking damage, when he has his opponent in trouble he strikes like some sort of terminator. This was an all time highlight reel knockout because of the way Evans fell and Quinton Jackson has to be really, really concerned about his chances coming back for the 205 title.

Machida gives his post-fight interview all in English, talking about how he achieved his dream and how he proved the strength of karate and how everyone should follow their dreams and go for it. Wow. Machida in 2 shows went from more or less a liability to one heck of a star asset for UFC. I'll be back in a few minutes for the post-fight press conference.
Category: Mixed Martial Arts

Since: May 28, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2009 5:44 pm

Lyoto Machida vs. Rashad Evans

surprised that TUF10 was announced as Rampage and Evans. Given the stare down at the end of Rampage's victory of Jardine, I think it's a good money maker, but begs the question, who will challenge Machida???

I think Machida on TUF would be gold

Since: May 28, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2009 3:22 pm

Lyoto Machida vs. Rashad Evans

Machida has come a long way since his UFC debut. When first brought on board as part of the WFA buyout (that also included Rampage's contract), Machida was still honing his craft. He's only 31, becoming incredibly marketable with a fun personality, and when he engages he's absolutely dynamite. I'm a big Rampage fan, but I don't think he'll be able to GNP with Machida or induce in the Rampage slams. Looks like the next TUF will put Rampage against Machida for title fight showdown at the end of the season.

As this article pointed out, UFC has lightning in a bottle for promotion. Dana has gone on the record that Anderson Silva or GSP are the 2 best fighters p4p. I think he needs to aggressively market Machida the same way, and as a caveat, he's undefeated.

Since: Apr 18, 2009
Posted on: May 26, 2009 12:02 am

Lyoto Machida vs. Rashad Evans

This was not even a match. Machida was never in any danger of even getting hit, the closest Evans got of landing a decent blow was a foot or so. Machida was threatening to win the match on leg and body kicks before he decided to finish it early. Devastation ensued and Evans was Annialated. Machida is a master, and fights much taller than his 6 foot 2 frame which does not bode well for most in the light heavyweight division. He arches like a crane and you have a long way to go to reach his head if you want to throw a punch, and lots of time for a Lyoto counter which he is absolutely adept at. His kicks are devastating, and Machida can finish a fight with any limb easily. I think though that his combinations are his best weapon and , coupled with an impenetrable defense, I can't see anyone on the horizon to threaten Machida for years to come.

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: May 25, 2009 11:24 pm

Lyoto Machida vs. Rashad Evans

The next two PPVs look pretty good to me, UFC 99 and 100. Some really good fights on those cards.

Since: Jul 6, 2007
Posted on: May 25, 2009 5:08 pm

Lyoto Machida vs. Rashad Evans

If you want the fighters to care aboutv pure entertainment, go watch wwe.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: May 24, 2009 1:27 pm

Lyoto Machida vs. Rashad Evans

Machida should go back to point fighting where it is expected that the fighters only care about scoring points and not about entertaining.

Entertaining? He had by far the best KO of the night, and he was fighting a guy who'd never lost before. There was a great 2nd round that led to an even better knockout. I'm not sure what kind of fight you were expecting from 2 KNOWN counter-punchers. If you want to see 2 people just stand in the center of the ring and throw punches, then watch boxing.

Since: Apr 2, 2009
Posted on: May 24, 2009 1:19 pm

Lyoto Machida vs. Rashad Evans

Let me amend my post for you: The entire card was weak for a PPV.

"The 2nd round more than made up for the careful 1st round by both fighters,"

The "careful" first round? "Careful"? Each fighter through 1 kick in the first 2 minutes! There was maybe 2 decent exchanges in the entire first round. Machida should go back to point fighting where it is expected that the fighters only care about scoring points and not about entertaining.

I've learned my lesson and (unless there are 3-4 great undercard matches) will never buy another UFC PPV that has Machida as the headliner. I have a feeling that time will prove I'm not the only fan that feels this way.

Since: May 18, 2008
Posted on: May 24, 2009 8:34 am

Lyoto Machida vs. Rashad Evans

Yeah, this "true MMA fan" is a tool. The first round didn't have a lot of action, but you could see both fighters trying to synch-up with the others timings, looking for a hole in their defense so they could try to capitalize. Its the same thing Anderson Silva will do for the first round. Maybe theres a reason these fighters have been so successful by trying to get an idea of what they're up against before just jumping in all gung-ho, but I guess true, non yahoo MMA fans dont care about that.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: May 24, 2009 7:57 am

Lyoto Machida vs. Rashad Evans

OMG, worst fight EVER!

Hmm. You must've been in the bathroom for the Hughes/Serra fight then, because THAT was terrible. If you consider yourself a "true MMA fan" like you claim, you wouldn't be nearly as disappointed about this fight as you seem. You knew the style that Machida uses, so to complain because he fought like he's always fought just because you decided to pay for it is ridiculous. Suck it up and pay the bill or don't rent the fights anymore. The 2nd round more than made up for the careful 1st round by both fighters, and then you get to see a great KO which was fun for 2 reasons. 1) People said Machida couldn't finish fights with his style. (That makes 2 nice KO's in a row now.) 2) Rashad Evans had never been knocked out until last night and he got absolutely hammered with precise and powerful strikes. So there's a lot to like about that fight IMO.

Since: Apr 2, 2009
Posted on: May 24, 2009 3:59 am

Lyoto Machida vs. Rashad Evans

OMG, worst fight EVER! Dana White better be scared tonight....I knew I shouldn't have bought this fight but being a fan of the sport I got sucked in...Welcome to the Lyoto Machida era of the UFC light Heavy Weight division (bring a pillow).

This fight was everything I feared it would be. Evans did the smart thing and didn't chase Machida and in the first 2 minutes of the fight we saw one missed leg kick from Evans and a blocked head kick from Machida. That's IT... Hey I'll admit it, Lyoto Machida is almost certainly the best 205 lbs fighter in the world under the UFC rules....But he is also very boring. I consider myself a true MMA fan, not some yahoo that just wants 2 guys to stand toe-to-toe and beat each others brains out...But I also don't want to pay 54.99 to watch Machida dance around and look to counter punch 99% of the time. The first round was actually a battle of wills to see which fighter would be so embarrassed by their lack of aggression that they would cave in and try to hit the other fighter.

PS, can someone please tell Sean Sherk that he didn't get his UFC title  by being a world class boxer...Sean's arms are WAY too short for him to be an effective striker against guys like Penn/Edgers who both have a significant reach advantage as well as both being far more technical fighters than he is. (Please note that while Edgers fought a careful fight, he did attack a large portion of the time and was elusive "in the pocket", not just running 95% of the time and then jump in 5% of the time).

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