We're waiting with bated breath for the overreaction on Lyoto Machida's win when it comes to the next pound-for-pound list. How high does he rise on the basis of his first huge win? Does he move in front of B.J. Penn, Georges St. Pierre, Anderson Silva or Miguel Torres?
Shawn Tompkins, the head trainer at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, says slow down and don't give Machida too much credit for the Evans win. He suggested that Evans' fight plan was flawed and allowed Machida to play perfectly to all his strengths (1:30 mark):
"Rashad ran the whole time. I don't know if he got out there and threw the gameplan out and gave him too much respect after one of those hits," Tompkins told Cofield and Cokin on ESPNRadio1100 in Las Vegas that opponents need to be in Machida's face to beat him. "Rashad did none of that. He gave Lyoto everything he needed to make himself look invincible."
The diagnosis for taking down "The Dragon" is starting to sound like the same one we hear for Anderson Silva:
"You need to be a wrestler. You need to be chest to chest with that guy and you need either be pressuring him against the cage or putting him on his back. We really got to see him on his back."
Tompkins also said pre-fight drilling against karate fighters is a must:
"I'm going to go to three of the best karate schools in the area, get their best guys and work that timing, because that's all it is."
The discussion turned to what's next for Machida now that he's been left out of the mix for The Ultimate Fighter 10. We threw out names like Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, Brandon Vera, Luiz Cane and Shogun Rua. MMABay is reporting a Machida-Rua fight is set and slated for September.
Watch the end of the conversation. Xtreme Couture is an interesting setting right now with Randy Couture and his wife Kim getting a divorce. Tompkins fills us in on what's been going on.
- Lyoto Machida
- Shawn Tompkins
- Anderson Silva
- Randy Couture