Former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida (17-3) demonstrated his signature moves on "UFC Ultimate Insider" with host, Jon Anik.
Lyoto credits his father with teaching him the Crane kick. But he credits Sensei Seagal with encouraging him to use it as part of his MMA arsenal. "Steven Seagal said I should use it in my fight. He was right. This was against [UFC Hall of Famer] Randy Couture. I was watching his movements. I was able to find the right timing. I caught Randy off guard."
The Dragon waits for exactly the right moment to strike
Lyoto is one of my favorite fighters to watch because he's able to read his opponents so well. "I wait for him to strike--to come forward."
Lyoto is a patient fighter. He stays focused and doesn't lose his cool. Staying level-headed and in control is important for a southpaw, counter-striker like Machida. "For me, fighting is like a chess game. My move will depend on what my opponent throws at me." video
UFC on Fox 4: Machida vs Bader
Ryan "Darth" Bader, age 29, with a record of 14-2 faces a tough challenge in his opponent, Lyoto "the Dragon" Machida on August 4 at UFC on Fox 4.
Ryan has weathered the storm with other tough competitors. Most notably, suffering a loss to current UFC champion, Jon Jones and a loss to UFC Hall of Famer, Tito Ortiz.
Bader has faced guys in his division who were one step from retirement (Tito Ortiz) or about to retire--as is the case with Quinton "Rampage" Jackson who has one fight left on his UFC contract...and even a fighter who should be considering retirement, Keith Jardine.
Bader will need to throw everything he's got at the (aging gracefully) 34 year old Dragon. Lyoto needs a victory. Against a younger, confident, well-rounded fighter like Bader, Lyoto will be looking for the exact moment to drop the perfect finishing move.
I hope to see a technical match between these two fighters with some cool, Sensei Seagal moves thrown at Bader by Machida.
Ryan Bader, in his Yahoo! Sports update, said, "It's fun going from Rampage to Machida, as both are completely different stylistically. It's a real test of my ability to adapt. Machida is a slick and quick fighter who uses lots of kicks and karate moves to befuddle opponents, whereas Rampage is a pure powerhouse, very heavy-handed and very hard to faze. The one thing they do have in common, though, is the fact they are former champions and very high-profile names in the sport of mixed martial arts. I hope, come August 4, they will also share another thing in common - a loss to me."
Source: Sherdog.com, UFC.com
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Cheryl Ragsdale started out boxing and has added kicks and BJJ so she can practice MMA. Currently, she trains with Keith Florian and has trained with UFC Fighter Kenny Florian at Florian Martial Arts - follow @thatgirlisfunny
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