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    Star Lyoto Machida: A Done Deal?

    If mixed martial arts were a giant corporation—and many of you would say this analogy is a little too close for comfort—and you had a job opening—let’s say, you were trying to fill the light heavyweight champion position—and the resume of Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida finds its way to your desk, what’s your reaction?

    First off, let’s look at the position itself.

    Historically, this is the job. You’re the head honcho, the CEO, the “Big Cheese." Two hundred and five pounds of it.

    The UFC light heavyweight champ is always going to find himself at the epicenter of all things important in the UFC—with the possible exception of the very first title holder, Frank Shamrock, who vacated the title citing a lack of competition. The list of previous champs looks like this: Frank Shamrock, Tito Ortiz, Randy Couture, Vitor Belfort, Chuck Liddell, Rampage Jackson, Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans.

    This is not a partial list.

    These are not highlights.

    Everybody who held this title is on the short list of the most-recognizable names in MMA. Even the guys who are merely competing for it rate very highly on the visibility scale: Wanderlei Silva, Keith Jardine, Matt Hamill, and Rich Franklin, among others.

    Knowing the qualifications, you have to ask yourself, is Machida your guy? Can he carry the torch? Is he ready to be a star?

    I don’t think there’s any doubt the man can fight. If you look at that same short list of recognizable names, you’d see “The Dragon” has placed his check mark beside several of those names.

    Stephan Bonnar, Rich Franklin, B.J. Penn, and Tito Ortiz have all failed to change the zero that has made its home in Machida's loss column.

    The real question is this:

    Are fans ready to ante up to see him fight?

    Many of the previous champs were leaders of their own cults of personality. "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy," "The Natural," "The Iceman," even Forrest Griffin with his blood-and-guts, never-say-die attitude, have all captured imaginations to go with their titles.

    What about the soft-spoken Machida?

    He’s not flamboyant.

    He’s not crazy.

    He doesn’t howl when he wins a fight.

    In fact, he’s content to win said fight via decision.

    With Anderson Silva’s last two performances weighing heavy on his mind, is Dana White losing sleep over the possibility that the Black House training facility might add the light heavyweight title to Silva’s middleweight belt?

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    He is needed to elivate the sport to a more technical level. As the audience begins to mature and learn, they will start loving Machida. Just like the first time Gracie took the fight to the ground, the audience did not understand what was going but eventually they caught up.

    Besides, why not just match him with aggressive fighters like his last fight?

    If he beats all comers, he has the right to become the champion, boring or not.

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    Rashad will be machidas toughest test but no worries lyoto will win. Machida will pick apart rampage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bing Crosby View Post
    He is needed to elivate the sport to a more technical level. As the audience begins to mature and learn, they will start loving Machida. Just like the first time Gracie took the fight to the ground, the audience did not understand what was going but eventually they caught up.

    Besides, why not just match him with aggressive fighters like his last fight?

    If he beats all comers, he has the right to become the champion, boring or not.
    For all his technical brilliance, people didn't fall in love with Floyd Mayweather because of it. To be a big seller, you need more then just an exciting style. Even when Anderson was putting opponents on blast at the start of his reign, he still wasn't a huge draw. You have to find a personality niche to be a seller. I'd say Dana's a little worried how he will market Lyoto. With the rudimentary English skills, it seems to me that "stoic killer" is probably the best bit, but that involves a shift in how he celebrates after the win. Get up like it was no big deal, walk away. No smiles, etc.
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    I guess you do have a point. Still it maybe wishful thinking on my part, but I hope people will eventually learn to appreciate Machida or he gets more aggressive.
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    (The difference between Maweather and Machida though is that Machida does not avoid fighters.)

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