Machida: I believe in my striking vs. Weidman's wrestling


Lyoto Machida fights UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman at UFC 173 on May 24, in Las Vegas, NV. 

Machida spoke with MMA Fighting's Guilherme Cruz about how he got there, and what he thinks is going to happen.


"It was a surprise for me, I wasn’t expecting that," said Machida. "I thought I would fight around June or July and got this news."

"(Manager Ed Soares) called me and said ‘I think they had a problem with Vitor and you’ll have to fight for the title.' I said 'sure, that’s great.'

"I was already slowly returning to training. I’m still suspended, but I believe I’ll be completely cleared to return to training next week. I’m always active, so it helps my performance."

"I’ve fought a lot of wrestlers before, and I know Weidman has a good wrestling, but I’m confident on the work I’m developing with my team. I believe in my striking game against Weidman’s wrestling. He’s complete in every aspect of the game, but I’m confident in what I do."

"I got to a stage in my career where I’m more focused in what I’m doing than in what people bet or what is Weidman training. That’s what matters. The experience that I have and what I’ve done makes me more comfortable in a situation like this."


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hellride site profile image  

3/12/14 4:05 AM by hellride

Vitor was the scary fight for Wideman, Machida not so much. He wins by some highlight move if he wins at all.

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3/12/14 3:39 AM by Vote me down

60! good luck bro! love you.

UGCTT_Nightkap site profile image  

3/11/14 10:30 PM by UGCTT_Nightkap

Yeah man im pumped for the big 3!

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3/11/14 10:30 PM by UGCTT_Nightkap

^^^Uh..hmmm...wasn't the thread I was in but whatever

Thirdeye0pen site profile image  

3/11/14 10:29 PM by Thirdeye0pen

SN bet on that? Machida wins.

ISawSilva'sBONEr site profile image  

3/11/14 10:27 PM by ISawSilva'sBONEr

Your on pal!! What we talkin 30 days, 60 days?

ISawSilva'sBONEr site profile image  

3/11/14 10:26 PM by ISawSilva'sBONEr

Idiot Weidman is not better than jones or machida at striking.

kalt site profile image  

3/11/14 10:18 PM by kalt

Not only that, but Anderson just didn't fight Chris very intelligently. Obviously he fucked up and basically gave away the first fight, but his gameplan wasn't too good for the second fight either. Machida will fight Chris intelligently, as he always does. if he fights chris the way he fought mousasi, machida should win no problem.

comeonman1 site profile image  

3/11/14 10:07 PM by comeonman1

Huh? Why can't he be one of the GOAT if he beats Weidman? What does losing to Shogun and Jones have to do with anything? Prime Shogun was a killer and so is Jones. Jones is also at least a weight class bigger then Machida. No shame in being finished by either guy. Machida has already beaten alot of great fighter's and is in the right weight class now and looks even better.

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3/11/14 10:01 PM by iwatchsomemma

Weidman wins it.Too solid and may be too strong.Machida cannot be in GOAT talk after what JBJ and Shogun did to him.