Machida: Rampage a bit limited standing, worse on ground

source: graciemag.com
 

Carlos Eduardo Ozório: For your last fight (loss to Mauricio Shogun) you only trained in Belem and didn’t do any exchanges. Was that a mistake?

Lyoto Machida: Really, I was very focused while training in Belem. I’m not going to say it was a mistake, because I believe you can train anywhere, but when you have a lot of sparring partners, the technical level of people competing makes it much better to test yourself, to feel how you’ll react in determined situations. It’s important. I trained with Anderson and Mark Muñoz’s wrestling guys. I foresee a return trip there (USA) and several exchanges. I want to train at several academies, because I don’t hold myself to one in particular and I feel that’s important.

CEO: What’s your breakdown of Rampage’s qualities and defects?

LM: First of all, he’s a former champion, so Rampage is someone with differential. A fight between two former champions couldn’t be more fitting, two fighters who want their place in the sun. He’s a strong guy who has good boxing and wrestling. I feel he’s a bit limited standing, but he’s really strong and, although he may defend well on the ground, he’s not that good there, either. As I feel MMA is a sport in constant evolution, one tends to seek out all the possibilities, regardless of the facet of the fight that comes up. I’m going to exploit Rampage where he  isn’t totally dominant. But I’m prepared for anything, whether it’s standing or on the ground.

CEO: Rampage has spoken of you before and will probably start up with provocations. Does that concern you?

LM: I see the professional side of it and know it’s his way of doing marketing. But nothing is worth talking about before the fact, because it really comes down to fight time. I’d rather not focus on that. Saying you’re going to make something happen is easy, but it’s when we’re locked in battle that we see what happens. I don’t fall for provocation and I’m focused.

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ajjr0ller site profile image  

9/4/10 5:17 PM by ajjr0ller

Machida took a LOT of clean punches to the chin in his first fight with Shogun. He has only been  KO'd once and that started with a punch to the back of the head. 

Steps site profile image  

9/4/10 5:13 PM by Steps

I love both fighters. Hate to see the Silvas trying to push Rampage out the door. Lyoto is coming off getting destroyed and almost losing the fight before that. I could be overestimating along with everyone else where he is physically and mentally right now. If Rampage is hungry, my guess is if he connects, Lyoto goes to sleep. But I doubt that will happen. Lyoto by decision.

Steps site profile image  

9/4/10 5:13 PM by Steps

I love both fighters. Hate to see the Silvas trying to push Rampage out the door. Lyoto is coming off getting destroyed and almost losing the fight before that. I could be overestimating along with everyone else where he is physically and mentally right now. If Rampage is hungry, my guess is if he connects, Lyoto goes to sleep. But I doubt that will happen. Lyoto by decision.

BuddyRevell site profile image  

9/4/10 5:12 PM by BuddyRevell

I have a feeling Machida will fight like he did against Vernon White: even more defensive and cautious than normal.

Twostep site profile image  

9/4/10 5:09 PM by Twostep

Rampage's only chance to win is landing a hook. I feel like Machida is going to pick at him for two rounds and wear him down. In the third round Lyoto wouldn't chase Rampage down but he would pick it up and go for the kill.This is a terrible fight for Rampage.

Bry Bry site profile image  

9/4/10 5:09 PM by Bry Bry

Machida has a garbage chin..Rampage will catch him and knock him out...Lyoto wont be able to hurt rampage with his punches i dont think..

Bumbaclot site profile image  

9/4/10 5:04 PM by Bumbaclot

 Lyoto doesn't throw leg kicks. his kicks are actually more set-up for his punches. Rampage could chase him down for the TKO.

ranier wolfcastle site profile image  

9/4/10 4:57 PM by ranier wolfcastle

 i like that lyoto doesnt trash talk

K-Dub-  

9/4/10 4:53 PM by K-Dub-"T"

 Rampage by gogoplata. lol......

MMAOutbreak site profile image  

9/4/10 4:42 PM by MMAOutbreak

I just meant that this is about as inflammatory as Machida ever gets being that he is all about honour etc.



 

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