By Jamie McAllister
Lyoto Machida in an interview with TATAME.
Machida talks about a variety of topics from his next opponent Ryan Bader,Jon Jones,Shogun as well as a potential drop to Middleweight.
Firstly Machida comments on Shogun.
“I really respect him. Of course there’s this rivalry, but only inside the octagon. We say hello to each other and actually we’re co-workers, so we gotta respect each other. It’s going to be good, really good. If really there’s this chance of being part of TUF, I guess it can only bring good things for us and for the sport.”
Next he discusses his training camp for Bader & his opponents style.
“I was thinking about half on the United States, at Black House, and half in Brazil. Since he’s a wrestler, I guess it’s important to go over there and learn some things and I guess it’ll help me a lot. I’m bringing Wrestling coaches to help me out. Of course I thought about training to defend myself from his game. My goal is to strengthen my Wrestling so I can play my game easily.”
“We trained together once at TUF’s house when Minotauro was a coach there. We trained together and we got to know each other, but it was only one day. As a person, he’s very cool, a strong fighter, he has heart. At striking he’s been getting better and he’s a great wrestler. I don’t see him as a ground expert, but of course he’s dangerous.”
He also discusses his decline in form after winning only one in his past four and what the cause of this was.
“It’s hard to say. I’m fighting among the bests and a detail makes a difference for you to win or lose. I really lost those fights and it’s a part of the game. It’s just something I went through, I’ve gone through some changes and I must’ve done this on an unconscious level and it led me to lose. But I see it as an opportunity to improve. Now I have to focus and be the best I can.”
“I guess that’s pressure on me, but it won’t actually get to me, I won’t get nervous about it. I’m cool about it. Of course I need a win, but I’m fine and I’ll fight well alright. That’s the important thing: get a good fight and bring back home the win.”
Next subject was Jon Jones.
“Well, people say he’s unbeatable, but I, as a fighter, don’t see it that way. He’s a great fighter, a great champion, but he has some flaws too and he might lose. I don’t know if it’s now or later, but I try not to focus on it that much. I try to focus on what I’m doing now, my biggest goal.”
And finally on a potential move to Middleweight.
“See, I said that because I want to stay active. If there’s no fight for me in this division I can drop. Of course I’m friends of Anderson, who’s the champion there and I respect him, I want him to remain as the champion, but it doesn’t stand in the way of me fighting there, maybe a challenge, something like he’s done on my weight class.”Tags: featured, Interview, lyoto machida, mma, MMA NEWS, tuf brazil, ufc news