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    I personally enjoy watching him fight. He doesn't win decisions based on lay and pray tactics or by sprawl and brawl kind of striking.

    He's quick, elusive, and varies his movements and striking techniques enough to keep his opponents guessing. He may not be producing KO power in many of his shots but their is no questioning his ability to land them. He sees openings and is able to capitalize on them even if he doesn't put the guy down (knee to Tito's liver is an exception). I think he does a good job of representing what Karate can do if trained properly.

    Unfortunately since so much attention is paid to his Shotokan training and so little paid to the fact that he is a BJJ blackbelt I am sure we will soon be inundated with Shotokan nuthuggers pointing to him and saying, "See, Shotokan works, it kicked that wrestlers ass. Our secret grappling techniques in our Kata is what allowed Machida to keep things standing!"

    In any case it gives me hope that I can use my Kung Fu training as effectively with the proper training methods.

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    I would also like to point out that he is elusive.

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    ELUSIVE

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    TS deserves mad neg rep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kempo Chris
    ELUSIVE

    Did you also know that he is very elusive?

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    He's also "slippery" and "evasive."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ke?poFist
    I wouldn't say that he fights like a Karate guy...


    I'm not being rhetorical, this is a genuine n00b-question: what distinguishes all "Karate fighters" from other fighters?

    If--just hypothetically--I had a background in full-contact-bareknuckle Karate in the 70s, with Kyokushin and Daido-Juku (Kyokushin plus Judo) added in the 90s, would I fight like the Shotokan guys up the street (none of whom fight like Machida) or the GoJu guys down the steet, who never seem to do anything unless it's in Sanchin or Horse stance?

    We're all supposedly doing Karate. Which--translated--means we aren't carrying anything in our hands while we do most of our training (unless you go for that idiotic 'China-hands' transliteration).

    Other than that, ****-all else in common...which is what you get with a nebulous, generic term like "Karate". Might as well just call it "Pummelling, done more realistically by some than by others."

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    Definately Elusive!

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    Let's just combine the words:

    Delusive.

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    I agree with the TS that he's divisive (there were tons of stupid Lyoto Machida = Kalib Starnes threads last night), and agree with everyone else that TS is a retard.

    I've said before, I love Machida because no matter how much he ELUDES his opponent, when he chooses to engage he's faster and more technical than anyone else out there. He pulls off sumo sweeps and knee strikes like no one I've ever seen.

    That said, his style is annoying sometimes, and I think he'd be almost perfect as a fighter if he'd learn how to brawl, because now he has to keep backpedaling out of punching range. Then again, his style of hit and run (which owes more credit to point sparring than his background style) has been hugely successful in terms of wins.

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