Chinzo Machida wants to join Lyoto in UFC

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida’s older brother Chinzo has his eyes set on the UFC. The 5th degree black belt in Shotokan karate has not fought since 2005, and is only 1-2 in his MMA career.

Chinzo described his last fight.

“I broke my hand in the first round of my last fight and fought two more rounds, so my bone shattered,” he said. “I did one surgery but had to do another with the same hand later. It was a slow recovery, but I’m completely healed now. I’ve started to become a more complete fighter, training more ground game and wrestling.”

He has signed wth Resurrection Fighting Alliance in the featherweight division, and fights Justin Houghton on Nov. 22.

“I’ve been training hard for a long time,” Machida told MMAFighting.com. “I did my preparation in Belem, Brazil, but now I’m going to Manchester with Lyoto. After his fight [with Mark Munoz] I’ll finish my preparation in California.”

“I’ve seen [Houghton’s] fights already. He’s a Muay Thai fighter, likes to stand and fight, but I couldn’t see how his ground game is. It’s an MMA fight. Maybe I’ll have the opportunity to take him down, and I don’t see any problems with that — but I want to fight him standing.”

“The UFC is the biggest promotion in the world, that’s where the best fighters are, but I’ll have to show what I can do to get there. It doesn’t matter if I’m Lyoto’s brother, he did his career and I’m doing mine. I’ll have to win fights to get in the UFC, and that’s why I’m training and fighting for.”

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