Machida: Fan criticism spurred style change

Monday, February 03, 2014

Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida famously began his UFC without losing a single round for a long time. But he also earned decisions in four out of his first five fights. By contrast and against stiffer competition, there are only two decisions in his last six wins.

Ahead of his fight with Gegard Mousasi at UFN 36 on February 15, Machida attributes the change to fan criticism.

“I want to do well for my fans, I want to do well for my promoters, and I just want to improve,” Machida told MMAjunkie Radio. “There’s always that pressure.”

“I just listened to my fans, and I’m always trying to improve and bring something to them because I want to listen to people who want to see me do well. The knockout really happens when there is an opportunity.”

“I always try to adapt to each opponent. You always have to have new tricks, and there’s always got to be something new.”

“I’ve been following Mousasi throughout his career and when he was fighting in Japan. He’s a great fighter.”

The fight will be Machida's second at 185. Mousasi has only two decisions out of his last 12 fights, so expect this headliner to be explosive.

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