Bisping: Machida needs to change his style

Monday, August 05, 2013

Lyoto Machida lost a close decision to Phil Davis at UFC 163, a decision many thought should have gone in favor of the Brazilian. Whether you believe the judging was bad or not, UFC middleweight Michael Bisping believes it may have been Machida’s style that lost him the fight:

His words on FUEL TV’s UFC 163 post-fight show:

“Lyoto didn’t do enough in this fight. He was hanging around and letting Davis do his work. Davis impressed me with his striking. Machida wasn’t overly active. Maybe he needs to change his style. I didn’t see the killer instinct. He needs to be more aggressive. He’s too reserved and too hesitant.”

Machida has often been criticized for his elusiveness and preference to counter strike as opposed to pressing the action. That strategy, however, has proven successful for “The Dragon” in the past, leading him to a UFC Light Heavyweight championship back in 2009.

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