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    Default Lyoto Machida: I believe in my striking against Chris Weidman’s wrestling

    http://www.mmafighting.com/2014/3/10...-chris-weidman
    "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," he said. "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."

    A win at UFC 173 would be a historic one for Machida. The Brazilian, a former light heavyweight champion, will join B.J. Penn and Randy Couture as the only fighters to win UFC belts in multiple weight classes if he beats Weidman in Las Vegas, but he’s not paying attention to those stats yet.

    "This is the consequence of our work. I can’t focus on that," he said. "Records and numbers are cool, everybody wants that, but I try not to think about that."

    "The Dragon" is the underdog against Weidman, but (again) that’s something he doesn’t care.

    "I don’t pay attention to those things," he said. "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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    His striking and elusiveness contributing to his tdd wins this fight for him imo. Chris is tough and I can't wait to see this fight

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    I honestly believe his elusiveness and ability to hit and not be hit (as much) wins him this fight. His TDD is very good and I'm sure his jitz can be used offensively if Weidman gets him on his back. I honestly believe Machida takes this fight if he can maintain his pace of strike avoid counterstrike.


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    I have to agree.
    Tough fight for Weidman.
    It will be VERY interesting to see how this one plays out!

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    Agree with whats already been said.....
    man am I excited f8r this f8ght!

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    Machida has all the right things in place to beat Weidman. That said I'd not be surprised to see him show up and be tentative and let Weidman dictate the pace and be more aggressive and end up losing a close decision.

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    I'm hoping Machida wins, but afraid that it will end in a split decision victory for Weidman.
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    historically, people who change weightclass in the UFC fail to win title fights. I dont see machida winning the 185 title
    Jones Era >> Machida Era
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    Quote Originally Posted by CtGreat View Post
    historically, people who change weightclass in the UFC fail to win title fights. I dont see machida winning the 185 title
    It worked for Penn (once) and Randy.



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    Quote Originally Posted by initial_zen View Post
    It worked for Penn (once) and Randy.
    Dominick Cruz and Mighty Mouse as well
    "DO YOU THINK I'M JUST GOING TO SIT THERE AND LET YOU KILL ME JON???"

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