It is common in schoolyards too.
Is it common to do it to world class MMA fighters with a primary background in Judo in the schoolyard as well?
Originally Posted by UpaLumpa
Here are my thoughts about Machida and the hype around him,
People said he was boring, I watched and didn't find him boring at all, he's not Anderson Silva or Wandy exciting but still nowhere to being labeled as boring.
He proved parts of karate work in MMA although it has been proven before by mainly Kyokushion style fighters (while Machida is Shotokan), Machida is undefeated, he's beaten Tito fair and square (its Tito's own fault he lost because he depended on Machida marching towards him which didn't worked), he's also beaten BJ Penn and was the first to beat Rich Franklin (at other MMA promotions). Machida also practiced BBJ, Catch Wrestling (while under Antonio Inoki) and Sumo (possibly the only Sumo practitioner to succeed in MMA), so like all fighters he's gonna have a lot of bandwangoners who would desert him when they feel he isn't worthy but will still be a popular fighter but by those who like him not because of the hype but because they enjoy his fights. So whether you like it or not, Machida will be remembered fondly among MMA fans in the future.
HOWEVER, Machida's problem lie within the fact he plays a little too smart, that's not really bad at all, it's just it would nice see him top it up a notch at stand up or show us his underrated ground game which seems to be decent judging by what he did to Soko. His current gameplan allows him to expect his opponents to wait for him and not expect them to charge at him continuesly, which is a major flaw in his plan as sometime soon, he will face an opponent who would charge at him and try to take him to the ground continuesly, which could prove an disadvantage to him unless he already has a good ground game to counter this, he did well on the ground against Soko but can he do it to top league ground fighters, that remains to be seen.
So in conclusion, Lyoto Machida is a good fighter and deserves to be recognized as such as he will be remembered fondly by most MMA fans in the future but he needs to try not to play it smart too often otherwise he could be his undoing.
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