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"The Dragon"

Lyoto Machida


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Win Rate
68 %
Finish Rate
50 %
Decision Win %
68 %

Lyoto Machida

6' 1 (185 cm)
75 in. (6' 3/190 cm)
Main Division
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Coach
Walter Broca
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Rank
Yoshizo moved to Brazil from Japan when he was 22 years old, where he met and married Lyoto's mother, Ana Claudia, who is of Brazilian descent. He also began training in sumo wrestling at the age of 8, and then BJJ and boxing at sixteen. In addition to his sumo and karate achievements, he has a college degree in Physical Education. Machida trained at the New Japan Pro-Wrestling Dojo for six months in 2003 where he lived with future WWE Superstars Shinsuke Nakamura and Bryan Danielson.
Combat Approach
In an issue of MMA Unltd magazine, Machida once again mentioned the phrase "Machida Karate", claiming that it was based on a very traditional form which is very different from modern sports karate. During his fight with Ryan Bader, Joe Rogan mentioned that Machida's karate style meant his fighting distance and range is at least a foot farther than a typical boxer or Muay Thai fighter. Despite this purported lack of power, Machida's combination of accuracy, traditional kicking style, and frequent hip and eye feints have allowed him to finish several fights with his kicks, as he did against Randy Couture, Mark Muñoz, C. B. Dollaway, and Vitor Belfort.
Fighter Trivia
Machida's wife is named Fabyola, and they have two sons named Taiyo and Kaito . His older brother, Chinzo, also competed in mixed martial arts, most notably for the Bellator MMA promotion.

Awards & Accolades

  • UFC: UFC Light Heavyweight Championship (One time). One successful title defense vs. Maurício Rua
  • UFC: One successful title defense vs. Maurício Rua
  • UFC: Knockout of the Night (Four times) vs. Thiago Silva, Rashad Evans, Randy Couture and Mark Muñoz
  • UFC: Fight of the Night (Three times) vs. Jon Jones, Gegard Mousasi and Chris Weidman
  • UFC: Performance of the Night (Two times) vs. C.B. Dollaway and Vitor Belfort
  • UFC: One successful title defense vs. Maurício Rua
  • Sherdog Awards: 2011 Knockout of the Year vs. Randy Couture
  • Sherdog Awards: Mixed Martial Arts Hall of Fame
  • Black Belt Magazine: 2009 Fighter of the Year
  • MMA Torch.com: 2014 Fight of the Year vs. Chris Weidman at UFC 175
  • Fight Matrix: 2014 Most Noteworthy Match of the Year vs. Chris Weidman on 5 July 2014
  • MMAJunkie.com: 2014 July Fight of the Month vs. Chris Weidman
  • MMAJunkie.com: 2018 May Knockout of the Month vs. Vitor Belfort

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Fighter Videos

Full Fight | Fabian Edwards vs. Lyoto Machida | Bellator 281
Full Fight | Lyoto Machida vs. Rafael Carvalho | Bellator 213
Free Fight: Chris Weidman vs Lyoto Machida | UFC 175, 2014
Full Fight | Gegard Mousasi vs. Lyoto Machida - Bellator 228
Full Fight | Lyoto Machida vs. Chael Sonnen - Bellator 222
Fight Night Barueri: Lyoto Machida Highlights


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