By Jamie McAllister
Lyoto Machida in an interview with TATAME.
Machida is currently in Los Angeles, California training for the Ryan Bader fight.
“Well, I came to stay here for a couple of months, but I’m really liking the training here. It’s pretty intense, many guys helping me out here, like Rafael, Johnson, Werdum, Babalu Sobral, so it’s been great for me. I might stay here until my fight so I can be great when the day comes.”
Machida comments on his preparation for Bader and says he is working on his overall game for now and has not yet started to gear the training specifically for his next opponent.
“Yeah. We’re on basic training, like if I would fight anyone. I’m correcting my Wrestling, improving ground game and also my stand-up. It’s a basic camp for anyone I would fight. I’m waiting for the right moment to intensify my focus training.”
When asked where a win over Bader would put him in the division Machida feels it could put him straight back into title contention following the loss to Jones at UFC 140.
“He’s coming from a win over Quinton Jackson, so I believe a good win and maybe one or two fights would put me on the line for the title. But that’s not my plan. I’m focused on doing a good fight. I’m training here in the United States, which is a new thing for me. I believe that, in case I win, I’ll be closer to the title.”
Machida had previously been criticised for conducting his training camps predominantly in Belem and only calling sparring partners in to mimic his opponents 25 days before the fight. He comments on the benefits of training in Los Angeles.
“Well, I think so. I used to train and on the last 25 days I would call the sparring guys who would mimic that fight for me and help me. But not this time. This time I’m having them beside me from the beginning and they put me in a bad situation every time and they’re the best in their divisions, like Rafael dos Anjos, Werdum. It’s not that I’m undermining people I’ve always trained with because it’s always worked for me, but I guess going for new things is very important too, especially when you’re on a position like I am in my career and you’re going through what I’ve been going through. I guess it’s a good thing for me.”
Machida has been out of action since December and sees both the pros and cons of being out for so long.
“It’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because we can rethink and we can fix our mistakes better, try to improve, but we lack fighting rhythm. When you fight every three months you’re better conditioned. We try to compensate with training and my recovery for this new bout. I guess it’s all important. It’s not by chance it’s happening to me, that’s how I try to see this. It’s best trying to understand it and see it for what it is.”
Machida also gives his take on the Jones vs. Henderson fight.
“I guess from the moment you get in there, you have a chance. But, if you stop to analyse their games, I guess Jon Jones is not a good fight for Henderson because of his bigger height and reach and Henderson’s style. I guess Jon Jones has more tools, but it doesn’t make impossible for Henderson to win this fight. He proved that because he’s beaten up many tough opponents, many Brazilian fighters, has many titles, like Pride, Strikeforce and is now fighting for UFC’s. he’s a tough fighter and deserves to be respected, but I guess Jon Jones is better than him technically.”
Talk of Machida coaching the next season of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil opposite Shogun has been flying around and Machida would love the chance.
“Of course. It’s a great opportunity both for me and Shogun in case it really happens. But now I’m not really thinking about it because it’s not official. No one has approached me to talk about it. It will bring the sport closer to people because it’s broadcasted every Sunday and people watch it and we’ll have a new rematch, a fight everyone wants to see again. Who may win? We want to bring a great show to the fans. It’s very professional. I have nothing personal against him, we’re professional colleges but we’re here to fight each other and see who’s better on that day.”
Machida also gives his prediction on the Silva vs. Sonnen rematch.
“It’s hard to say because Sonnen dominated the first fight, despite Anderson having been more technical and having defeated him with his technique, but it’s hard to fight him. I have no doubts that Anderson has the technical advantage, but it’s a matter of how you are on that day, a matter of preparation, momentum. Maybe Anderson wasn’t on his best day and I believe Anderson will win. We all know it’s a tough fight, he can’t play him out, but in case Anderson imposes his game on the beginning, Sonnen won’t stand a chance.”Tags: featured, lyoto machida, mma, MMA NEWS, ryan bader, Shogun Rua, tuf brazil, ufc, ufc news