Close Article Return to stream X
MMA

1st Round Knockout: Who Remembers Lyoto Machida Finish Rashad Evans In Vicious Fashion?

The video is grainy but the knockout is still clear.

http://youtu.be/23wmRTLwdWk

Lyoto Machida was untouchable at UFC 98. This was before Mauricio Shogun Rua was involved in his life.

Machida fought Rashad Evans at UFC 98 for light heavyweight gold. It was the first match-up of unbeaten fighters in a title fight in UFC history.

Machida did not disappoint. He used his slick combination of skills to overwhelm Evans in the second round. It’s the unorthodox striking that allows Machida to garner victories. The use of martial arts is tough to prepare for. Most fighters prepare for muy thai strikers.

It’s akin to Georgia Tech’s option attack. When Tech is on your schedule you will not face another school that runs the same sets. Most other college football teams have a balanced attack. It maybe run or pass heavy but their is a threat of both. The option is very unique in that way. You can’t replicate an option offense in practice.

Obviously Evans had the same issue. Machida’s striking was on another level. It’s impossible to replicate the kicks and punches from the crafty angles that he finds.

Machida rocked Jon Jones in the first round in their title bout at UFC 140. It was the first time Jones has been in any semblance of trouble. The champion stumbled from a 1-2 combination but eventually regained his footing and recovered to defeat The Dragon.

Evans is a great light heavyweight in his own right. He was out classed in his UFC 98 bout.

It was a great fight to watch; it was certainly an aesthetically pleasing knockout.

If you enjoyed this article you can read more on my author page here. Also, follow me on twitter @ChrissheltonRS for more sports takes.

Your Favorites
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
MMA Videos

Dana White Doesn’t Think Conor McGregor Can Beat Rafael dos Anjos

Things are getting interesting ahead of UFC 196. The headlining fight at that March 5 pay-per-view event will see UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor move up to lightweight to face the champion of that division Rafael dos Anjos. If McGregor succeeds he will become the first UFC fighter to hold belts in two different divisions simultaneously. The oddsmakers have McGregor as the favorite ahead of the fight. UFC president Dana White doesn’t necessarily hold the same opinion.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
MMA Videos

Ronda Rousey’s Mom Predicted Holly Holm Would Knock Her Out

Dr. AnnMaria De Mars is the first woman ever to win a gold medal at the World Judo Championship doing so in 1984. She is also the mother of former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. Further she may be the most vocal critic of Rousey’s coach Edmond Tarverdyan. Appearing on Submission Radio De Mars once again spoke out on Tarverdyan commenting on Rousey’s loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193. “I predicted it in advance Ronda trained with an idiot and a fraud” said De Mars.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
MMA Videos

Ronda Rousey’s Coach Breaks Silence on KO Loss to Holly Holm

We haven’t heard much from Ronda Rousey or her camp about the loss Rousey suffered to Holly Holm in November. Sure Rousey recently hosted Saturday Night Live and briefly addressed her UFC 193 knockout loss in her monologue but as far as detailed comments on the fight there has been mostly silence. That changed earlier this week when Rousey’s trainer Edmond Tarverdyan spoke to ESPN. Tarverdyan took a lot of heat in the days following the fight. Most of that heat was generated when his fighter bloodied and breathing from her mouth sat down on her stool at the end of Round 1.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
MMA Videos

Dana White Responds to Jose Aldo’s Demand for Conor McGregor Rematch

On Thursday UFC president Dana White appearing on the “Opie and Jim Norton” radio show said “It’s one of those things; we made the fight the first time and he got hurt and had to pull out. Then we made it again and it ended in 13 seconds. It’s tough to make that fight again right away. Plus Conor wants to be a two-belt champion so he wants to fight dos Anjos.” While White didn’t totally rule out an Aldo versus McGregor rematch his comments make the fight seem unlikely. McGregor’s next fight will take place on March 5 when he moves up to lightweight to try and capture Rafael dos Anjos’ title.

Comment 0 Comments