Most opponents that have fought Lyota Machida have alluded to solving the 'Machida-puzzle', that is Machida has a style that is hard to be ready for until you see it in the cage. However, Phil Davis thinks he has the key to help him defeat Machida, and it's not what you might think:
"I was watching tape of him for three or four hours straight," he said, in a delivery not at all laced with comedy. "He blinks his left eye twice, and then he comes at you with fury. I went back and watched over-and-over. I have a really nice TV. I zoomed in on it. Yes, he does it, he blinks his left eye twice, and pow. So I’ll be watching his eye all night. The real danger for him is he’s not going to be the first person to look into my eyes and get mesmerized. "
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