Why Lyoto Machida is so special

Yoshizo Machida laid the foundation

Following UFC 98 this past Saturday night, UFC President Dana White said, “This could be the Lyoto Machida era;” meaning the newly-crowned light heavyweight champion may hold the title for a considerable amount of time.

We here at PRO MMA (promma.info) were touting the praises of Machida’s style a year ago. This was after he dominated Tito Ortiz and so-called “experts” had the nerve to compare Machida’s style of fighting to Kalib Starnes running from Nate Quarry.

For the most part it seems as though his way of fighting has been misunderstood by a large portion of MMA fans because he does not simply stand in front of opponents like a “Bonnar vs. Griffin 1” and slug it out to see who is left on on their feet. Machida’s fighting strategy is practically the diametrical opposite of someone like Wanderlei Silva.

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INSIDE MMA (5-22-09)

INSIDE MMA (5-22-09) is back this week with a special military-themed show in honor of Memorial Day. Kenny and Bas are joined on the set by MMA fighters/armed forces veterans Tim Kennedy and Jarrod Card, as well as Matt Larsen, the man behind the Modern Army Combatives Program. In Kruck’s Korner, Ron takes a look at DREAM Featherweight Grand Prix contestant Joe Warren. (NOTE: May take a few minutes for videos to appear as they download)

PART 1

INSIDE MMA parts 2 & 3 after the jump…

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Levi Stout improves undefeated record at “King of the Cage: El Lobo” – full results

Levi Stout improves to 6-0

UFC 98 was not the only MMA action going on this weekend although it would be easy to think that with most MMA websites filled up exclusively with UFC coverage. Some high-caliber professional MMA action also went down at “KING OF THE CAGE: EL LOBO” on Saturday May 23rd at the Ute Mountain Casino in Cortez, Colorado.

The main event featured the undefeated middleweight Levi Stout getting a tapout victory over Sidiah Parker and improving his record to 6-0. Also on the card was Liron Wilson, who we featured in our PRO MMA KOTC Heavyweight Spotlight last week. Due to being sidelined with a leg injury it was Wilson’s first fight of 2009. Evidently ring rust was not an issue as the athletic heavyweight submitted his opponent Jason Bedker via armbar just 69 seconds into the fight (not to mention he took the fight on ten days notice).

Here are the complete results for “KOTC: EL LOBO:”

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UFC 98 post-fight interviews with Greg Jackson, Serra, Hughes, and Machida

Rashad Evans’ trainer Greg Jackson gives his thoughts on what happened at UFC 98 when Lyoto Machida turned off his fighter’s lights. Jackson’s answer is a pretty good indicator as good as he is as a coach and trainer, he was not prepared for someone like Machida who has lived and breathed martial arts his entire life.

Matt Serra, Matt Hughes, Lyoto Machida UFC 98 post-fight interviews after the jump…

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UFC 98 post-fight press conference video

The UFC 98 post-fight presser starts out with the live gate and fight night bonus announcements then immediately the press starts in on Machida, trying to wrap their brains around what they witnessed with his utter decimation of Rashad Evans.

PART 1 – LYOTO MACHIDA

PART 2 & 3 after the jump…

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Machida, Hughes, Serra, and Larson take home UFC 98 bonus money

As is the custom, the fighters who perform the best are rewarded within the UFC. At UFC 98 four fighters were awarded a bonus of $60,000 each. Receiving the award for “FIGHT OF THE NIGHT” were¬†Matt Hughes and Matt Serra for their back and forth bad blood battle that went the distance. Although Hughes won, both fighters received $60,000 each.

“KNOCKOUT OF THE NIGHT” of course went to Lyoto Machida for his devastating knockout of Rashad Evans. In the preliminary fights, Krzysztof Soszynski also had a highlight reel knockout of Andre Gusmao, but due to the magnitude of the fight, the impressive domination, and complete putting to sleep of Evans, Machida got the $60,000 reward.

“SUBMISSION OF THE NIGHT” went to Brock Larson for his arm triangle choke of Mike Pyle. There were two other submission victories on the card; a guillotine choke by Yoshiyuki Yoshida and a guillotine choke by Tim Hague, but Larson got the nod for a cool sixty grand.

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UFC headed to Los Angeles October 24th

Dana White announced Saturday night at the UFC 98 post-fight press conference that the UFC will be coming to the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on October 24, 2009. That would most likely make the evet UFC 104. The UFC has not been to the Staples Center since UFC 60: HUGHES VS. GRACIE back in May of 2006.

It will be the UFC’s first event anywhere in California since UFC 76: KNOCKOUT back in September 2007 when Keith Jardine won a split decision over Chuck Liddell in the main event at the Anaheim Center in Anaheim.

UFC 99: THE COMEBACK is the next UFC scheduled and it will take place in Cologne, Germany on June 13th. Following that, UFC 100: LESNAR vs. MIR 2 is set for July 11th at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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UFC 98 results & play-by-play

UFC 98: EVANS vs. MACHIDA takes place tonight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. We here at PRO MMA (promma.info) will be providing you live round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the main card as well as the real time results from the undercard. As an extra treat beginning at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT you can check out the LIVE UFC Multicast which has behind-the-scenes webcams of UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans’ locker room, Lyoto Machida’s locker room, backstage walkway where fighters walk to the Octagon, and Octagon side with Dana White.

UFC 98 quick results:

George Roop def. Dave Kaplan by split decision
Yoshiyuki Yoshida def. Brandon Wolff by guillotine choke rd1
Krzysztof Soszynski def. Andre Gusmao by KO rd1
Kyle Bradley def. Phillipe Nover by TKO rd1
Tim Hague def. Patrick Barry by submission by guillotine rd1
Brock Larson def. Mike Pyle by submission triangle rd1
Frankie Edgar def. Sean Sherk by unanimous decision
Drew McFedries def. Xavier Foupa-Pokam by TKO rd1
Matt Hughes def. Matt Serra by unanimous decision
Lyoto Machida def. Rashad Evans by KO (punch) rd1

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Soares says Rashad Evans is no joke

In anticipation of UFC 98, Pro MMA Radio host Larry Pepe spoke earlier this week with mixed martial arts manager Ed Soares, who manages Lyoto Machida. However, their conversation started off talking about one of Ed’s other and probably most well-known clients, Anderson “The Spider” Siva.¬†

It seems the UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva is currently in the Mojave Desert filming a pilot. According to Ed Soares, Silva’s manager, the film is set back in ancient times following the death of Christ and Silva plays a character who works for a King.

Soares said they are using a new type of technical filming where they use a lot of “green screens” and he is looking forward to see how it turns out. He said they are shooting a three or four minute pilot that could be turned into an Internet series or possibly a movie.

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