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Old 05-26-2008, 11:03 PM
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How do you solve a problem like Machida?


By Dan Stupp

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Monday, May 26, 2008

With a perfect 13-0 record and victories over Rich Franklin, Stephan Bonnar and some of the sport's other biggest starts, Lyoto Machida wouldn't appear to be a problem fighter.

However, after Saturday's May 24 UFC 84 victory over mixed martial arts superstar Tito Ortiz, Machida is just that.

With his eighth career decision victory, and with his fourth somewhat conservative and lackluster win in five career UFC fights, Machida has the résumé of a contender — but a reputation as a boring fighter that the casual fan just doesn't want to watch.

Worse yet, he does have the skills to defeat UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson and any of the UFC's other top 205-pound fighters. But would the UFC dare the risk of allowing such an unmarketable fighter become one of its title-holders? After all, aside from a dominant second-round TKO of highly touted Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou back in December, Machida has shown nothing that would translate well to those coveted pay-per-view buys.

Sure, Machida is winning fights, and to the trained eye, he has remarkable skills. So, in many ways, it's hard to fault the Brazilian for implementing successful game plans. However, UFC officials also have been on a recent purge of talent, telling fighters to make it exciting — win or lose — or risk getting walking papers.

Is it fair to make an exception for Machida?

Perhaps it's time to give the 29-year-old an ultimatum. Rather than scheduling him against a top-five light heavyweight, give him a lower-level 205-pounder — even bring in a sacrificial lamb from outside the organization. Tell him to ditch the conservative style and win big — as he did against Sokoudjou — or tell him he'll keeping fighting nobodies until he does.

While it may seem unfair, the UFC is — above all else — an entertainment company. And as it stands, there's been nothing entertaining about most of Machida's victories to the average UFC fan.
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Old 05-30-2008, 07:54 PM
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i hate the idea of punishing winning fighters.

with that kind of thinking we will never see anyone come close to remaining undefeated for any length of time, which is different kind of excitement. mayweather sells a ton of ppv's but he doesnt exactly put on a great show every time out.

it's crazy to say that a good defensive fighter that knows how to plan an optimal attack will never get an opportunity to fight for the title. i bet jardine is wishing he would have been a little more conservative against wandy (btw, what happened to the greg jackson master strategy.)

how the hell can a guy put together a consistent training and competitive program if he's got to go out and risk injury everytime he fights? its hard to improve as an athlete if you're injured every other fight.

i know its entertainment, but its not WWE.
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