Wow. Not sure what to say. Lyoto Machida made another top mma fighter look like a complete amateur. It felt like watching a great all around athlete who’s dabbled in wrestling and boxing vs. a true martial arts master.

Lots of extraneous movements from Rashad. Hopping. Shoulders dipping. Solid stance and no wasted motion from Machida. Blank facial expression just like Fedor. Then suddenly a kick. Right back to impenetrable karate stance. Stillness in motion. Another kick. Some punches from Machida land at will. Back to stance. Rashad tries some swings which look good but fall into thin air as Machida is suddenly not there again. Machida almost gnp’s for the win at the end of round one. Round two, more of the same. Finally, a straight left rocks Rashad, right after Rogan is talking about how karate is supposed to a “one punch ends the fight / is the killing blow” kind of traditional art, and the other guy says if Machida win, people will start signing up for karate again. Machida pounds him out to get the KO. No question fight of the night and most entertaining from Machida so far.

They said Rashad is always underestimated but just like in the Thiago Silva match, we couldn’t see his skills on display whatsoever. The Dragon is just too elusive and too masterful.

Way better match than anyone could have anticipated. I think there’s no one left who would deem Machida “boring”. To his credit, Rashad was gracious in defeat, saying he’s finally on the other side and so he has to smile and take it like he gives it out and keep looking forward. He said Machida was very crisp and he just wasn’t tonight.

Rogan: “Ladies and gentlemen, the Machida era is here.” Machida is the new UFC light heavyweight champion. Machida thanks everyone and yells “Karate is BACK!”.

Probably temporarily avail rd 1:

rd 2:

A few stories:
LA Times has a nice photo of the end
Bloody Elbow good description
Yahoo writeup
Newsday story
Post Fight Interview


Someone on RSF pointed out this looks almost exactly like a baguazhang single palm change:

Lyoto Machida does BaguaZhang Single Palm Change

Very similar to 4:55 of this video with a punch throw in for good measure.

Rolling with Mousasi

Exhibition against Aoki

pretty hilarious

Reenacts takedown of Frank Shamrock. Starts with a kick catch. Finish with diagonal fly like move.

Rampage Jackson doing comb the hair

“fightgood” is pretty interesting.

Wow. Lyoto Machida looked darn impressive at UFC 94. Totally shut down Silva who could mount no offense at all. I think it was 30 shots to 0, several takedowns and knockdowns. He does not waste much time clinching. The final spiral takedown from control of Silva’s elbow was brilliant. “Traditional” martial art at work. Then, his last second one punch KO right before the bell was surely the second best KO of 2009 so far. Still, I have this funny feeling that people will either now call Silva a “tomato can” and/or still claim Machida isn’t actually incredibly skilled until he fights someone “good”. That is like the criticisms of Fedor, and now, Anderson Silva, which is just ridiculous. They could kick my ass, people would justifiably call me a tomato can, but that wouldn’t take anything away from their amazing skill. But, ok, c’mon, give him someone good. If the critics weren’t entertained and shut up by that result, they just enjoy whining. If the UFC can’t put together an amazing highlight reel for promotional purposes … well, they definitely can. Most people watching probably unexpectedly found Machida had the most exciting fight of the night, though. Speaking of exciting fights, newcomer Jon Jones looked great. Lots of high amplitude throws and spinning strikes. That is the standup style I want to see and that most people would probably enjoy. Mma that is more like san shou. No hugfests, lay and pray, or long rds of gnp.

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