Fifteen men have stepped into the ring with Jon Jones and all have failed in terms of successfully game-planning for the dynamic 24-year old’s attack. The next man to take on the challenge the UFC light heavyweight champ poses is, of course, Lyoto Machida who is a former title-holder himself once viewed as being unbeatable.
Machida recently opened up about his preparation for the perilous quest at hand, explaining he worked hard on his wrestling and even plans to use it in an offensive manner to take Jones down rather than constantly being on the lookout for “Bones” shooting in.
“It’s hard to predict how things will go on during the fight, but we trained a lot offensive wrestling, me taking him down. Besides the takedown defenses, we trained counterattacks with the takedowns, so if I take him down, it won’t be a surprise for me, for my team, because we know what we’ve been doing here,” said Machida in an interview with Tatame. “Our greatest goal is to win the fight, in any area it takes place, no matter if it’s on the stand-up, the wrestling or on the ground. I want to have an advantage in all areas.
The Brazilian has also brought in a few special training partners including a K-1 striker, surging countryman Glover Teixeira, and decorated grappler/fighter Muhammed Lawal. Unfortunately, one of the individuals in his camp was not middleweight champion Anderson Silva who had originally volunteered his services when the UFC 140 match-up was originally made. However, “The Spider” still offered some assistance despite his busy schedule.
“I talked to Anderson on the phone like three or four times, and we talked a lot. He sent me a video, telling me to train that. He shoot a video there saying what he thought I should focus more my training on for this fight, he showed me a different (idea), saying I can use it,” Machida began. “So, he always tries to help me the way he can. We can tell Anderson is very helpful, mainly with his friends. You can see his worry to come and talk to me. I know he wants me to bring another title to our Brazil.”
Whether his improved wrestling and strategy in general will pay off remains to be seen but it appears obvious Machida has packed his toolkit with technique. Fans can see if he pulls out the title-win on December 10 when the two meet on PPV. Other bouts on the UFC 140 card include Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Frank Mir and Tito Ortiz vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
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