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Decision Win %
Height6' 1 (185 cm)
Reach75 in. (6' 3/190 cm)
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu CoachWalter Broca
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Rank
Biography(references)Lyoto was born in Salvador, Brazil, as the third son of the highly ranked head of the Brazilian branch of the Japan Karate Association, Shotokan karate master Yoshizo Machida . 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 Portuguese and Italian descent. 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 ApproachIn 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(references)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.
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
Fight Outcomes - WinsLosses
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