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Black on Japanese-Brazilian Crime: Machida to Make His First Title Defense Against Rampage

(UFC 98 post-event press conference footage, courtesy of CageWriter.)

Confirming what many of us had already assumed, Dana White announced at Saturday night’s press conference that new UFC light-heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida will make his first title defense against former champ Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. Though the match isn’t tied to a specific event yet, White also announced (perhaps not coincidentally) that the UFC would be holding a show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on October 24th.

So, quick MMA rumor math: Machida will be fighting Rampage later this year + Rampage will be one of the coaches on TUF 10 = We might be seeing the Dragon lead a team of heavyweights on the next season of The Ultimate Fighter.

According to Dana White, the coaches for TUF 10 will be announced early next month. ("We start filming on the 1st and there’s a media day on like the 2nd or 3rd. All your questions will be answered then.") For the record, Machida is on-board with the idea, telling reporters: "I’d like to sure, it would be great." And why not? He’d get to build his personal star power while exposing a basic-cable audience to Machida Karate. We can’t wait to see a group of hulking former football-players strapping on gis and doing katas in unison at 5 a.m.

The obvious question that arises — which Rogan and Goldie touched on at the end of Saturday’s broadcast — is if Quinton Jackson would pose any different challenges to Machida than Evans did. Both Sugar and Rampage took their strong wrestling bases and added killer hands. But in recent fights, Jackson has ignored his wrestling and relied only on his boxing. Rampage’s power makes him dangerous at all times, but if he hopes to make a fight against Machida halfway competitive, a straight striking match is not the way to go.

MMA study group discussion topic: Do you think Rampage will do better against Machida than Evans did, or will he just be the next body to fall in the Machida Era?

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Hill-Billy- May 25, 2009 at 8:40 pm
The seeds of his destruction...

Friday night I was pretty psyched. I love to see the little guy win. And if MMA was a movie, Karate would be the geeky shy kid that gets punked every day in high-school by the jocks who happen to train at some big rival school with an arrogant jerk of an instructor (Greg Jackson?).

No Karate guy has ever come to MMA and won with Karate. But Machida does. He hops around in a shallow horse stance, his punches look really familiar to anyone who has studied a little Karate...

The Machida clan has fashioned Karate into a deadly weapon the likes of which MMA has never seen and given a much needed breath of fresh air to a sport in which the top level competitors' styles are starting to look more and more similar every year.

But in the harsh light of day the seeds of Machida's destruction are apparent. and unfortunately it's rooted in the very style that makes him so fun to watch ad root for.

Just look at the GIF in the preceeding entry. when Machida is throwing leather, he's throwing it fast and hard but his head isn't moving at all and when he brings his hand back after a strike he brings it back very low and leaves his chin wide open. There was one exchange not in the GIFs where Machida lept in and landed 2 quick hard straight punches to Rashad's face only to get countered with two quick hard Evans punches that backed him up and forced him to break off the attack.

I'm not ready to predict a Rampage upset yet. I don't want a rampage upset. but lets not forget that rampage just whalloped a guy who was too busy throwing bombs to bother about his chin. and I'm sure if I can spot this, Rampage has too and I would not be surprised if after a little playing possum we suddenly see a hook out of nowhere put Machida on the ground in the middle of what looks like a good combination.
karate is back- May 25, 2009 at 7:55 pm
I love Rampage. He's got personality for days and he's one of the scarier individuals to face in the octagon. That being said, he's going to get worked by Machida! I don't see anyone matching up particularly well with Machida, unless its Anderson Silva, but I doubt that will ever happen.
Akilleez- May 25, 2009 at 6:37 pm
Really? I have to watch ANOTHER season with Rampage? I mean...I like him as a fighter, but the more he talks the more I believe that he has taken too many punches to the head.
MKO- May 25, 2009 at 5:20 pm
Again, I really don't see anyone doing better than Rashad did against the Lyoto from Saturday.
BallPtPenTheif- May 25, 2009 at 3:34 pm
Seeing him coach for TUF would be priceless. Who doesn't want to see a bunch of douche bags drink their own urine? ... as opposed to accidentally drinking each others.
PurplePickle- May 25, 2009 at 1:19 pm
Unorthodox vs Rampage aint got the best track record for Quinton. Rampage's KO victims as of late are cats that are willing to stay in the box and trade hooks and looping rights.

Look at what Griffin and Jardine were able to do by staying outside. I know Jardine lost, but he wasn't exactly murdered before round three like Chuck and Wanderlei.

If Forrest was able to avoid getting killed while landing decent strikes, what do you think Machida will do? Rampage has a helluva chin, but he has suffered some of the most brutal KOs in MMA after accumulating consistent punishment.
semi-trained- May 25, 2009 at 12:53 pm
While we're looking for Machida match-ups, why is everyone overlooking Inoki? Sure he's older than Moses. But he knows his karate, has as good a chance as any of the other suggestions posted here-- and, so far as I know, is the only human being in existence who actually knows what it's like to hit Lyoto with multiple clean shots.

Objection: he (Inoki) got these shots in because Lyoto kept his hands down out of respect. But this is precisely my point: this RESPECT may be the weakness everyone is looking for. Obvious, really. Superman and kryptonite. Me and Cuervo. Likewise, other-wise-invincible Lyoto can only be struck by someone whom he respects.

Mystical, sure--but hey, so's karate--and we overlooked something, didn't we, Greg Jackson?
HAL_13- May 25, 2009 at 12:28 pm
lilbigvince- May 25, 2009 at 11:43 am
Hold on people... let's not get carried away. I am a fan of Lyoto as well but to say that Rampage doesn't have a chance is rediculous. First of all... Rashad is a mid level fighter at best. He was losing to chuck when he landed his windmill oveerhand right. His highlight reel kick was to sean salmon ( a nobody), and he couldn't do shit to an ailing tito ortiz. Hell be good one day, when he stops his antics and running and actually fights..

But Rampage is a different animal. He can punch and take a punch. He can eat one or two of lyotos shots and keep coming. Can we say the same for Lyoto? Does lyoto have a chin? We don't know. We know for certain that Quinton can take a beating and keep on coming. Page's boxing is far superior to rashads.

I'm not saying I think rampage will win the fight. But to say he has no chance is crazy. Don't be suprised if the answer to the Machida riddle is a simple right or left hook to the chin.
Dojima- May 25, 2009 at 10:59 am
for all you Dana-haters; there was 10 minutes of the "proper" demeanor of a sports commissioner with not one "fuck", "fag" or "pussy" - at a press conferenece, not a blog or an interview with a reporter in an informal setting.. I talk shit about the dude plenty, but seriously, without Dana the UFC would be nowhere, and I dont want to switch him for a sack-less Roger Goodell or some douchebag like David Stern... Dana is da man. I bet Roger Goodell doesnt let nerdy fans that bother him on the street take photos inside his Ferrari - 3 different times for each dude.
just some dong- May 25, 2009 at 10:59 am
I totally agree, video. The only snag is that Anderson and Machida say they won't fight each other. A shame...

just some dong- May 25, 2009 at 10:54 am
This just seems like a bad deal for Quinton. You just know he's gonna talk all kinds of smack on the show... AGAIN... and then get beat... AGAIN... only much worse this time. Two high-profile losses like that could really damage his credibility and ego - even worse than before.

Someone better take his keys before the fight this time.

Videodrome_NOW- May 25, 2009 at 10:46 am
Although Rampage vs. Lyoto is still a fight i'd love to see, i would rather see Rampage fight Rashad. let the winner of Forrest vs. Anderson fight Machida first and them fight the winner of Rampage vs. Rashad.
Old_Bald_and_Irish- May 25, 2009 at 10:39 am
@ House Party

"Does anyone else think that matt hughes talks like a pompus ass?" just noticed?
Old_Bald_and_Irish- May 25, 2009 at 10:38 am
@ Judo Im Right

"O and Rashad didn't try for one shot or any amount of grappling. These guys need to take a page out of the Royce Gracie book and use whatever method they can to "close the gap" on superior strikers, who will then be useless without enough space to strike."

Amen to that, brother!

The only time Rashad hit the mat was when Lyoto was on top of him and pulverizing his head.

All of the articles I've seen here on CP echo EXACTLY what I was thinking after watching the fight:

• Who in the 205 division can beat Machida?
• This looks strangely similar to the dominance of A. Silva.
• How do you beat Machida?

Who in the UFC at 205 can beat Machida right now? I don't know. The only two that I can think of would be Rampage or Anderson Silva fighting 205....and we all know we WON'T be seeing the later. Rampage has a chance, but I wouldn't put money on it.

I think that 'Judo Im Right' hit on what I was thinking. Like A. Silva, you're not gonna win the fight standin'-and-bangin'. I think that both of these guys are more vulnerable on the ground. No doubt that both Silva and Machida are skilled in ground fighting, but when they're standing up, they're in their element.

Lutter almost beat Silva on the ground. Tito almost beat Machida on the ground. If you stand and trade with these guys, your gonna get murdered.

Rashad should have taken Lyoto down; or at least tried. He really looked like his game plan was to somehow beat him standing. It looked like Evans' gameplan went right out the freakin' window 2 minutes into the first round.

NECROPHYTE- May 25, 2009 at 10:28 am
I wanna get bitch slapped by Antonio Inoki too.:(
Poo Flinger- May 25, 2009 at 10:20 am
Rampage stands less of a chance against Machida than Evans did. He has a similar style but is slower and more powerful and only shines against guys who will trade with him. Machida does not trade, he donates. Think of it this way: If Forest Griffin could work out a five round decision victory, Machida (roughly 10x better than Forest) will destroy Rampage.

As for Machida on TUF... I don't know if "jocks" can learn enough of the precepts of Karate in a matter of weeks for it to be beneficial to their fight game. It's more likely to confuse them and take them out of their game. Never-the-less, Machida could brush up on his English skills and I think TUF would be a good immersion program for him.

I really want to see Machida vs. Rua.
House Party- May 25, 2009 at 10:15 am
I just watched that press confrence....does anyone else think that matt hughes talks like a pompus ass?
WAR BONG- May 25, 2009 at 10:05 am
yawl think Anderson Silva has dominated his weight class in the ain't seen shit...yet.

Dana better have his man looking high and low for 205ers...cuz Lyoto Machida is gonna stack them poor bastards like cord wood.

i've been on the Fedor train for a long time...and haven't seen any fighter at any weight that had any hopes of changing that...til now.

war powerfull you don't even have to yell it.

Aenarion- May 25, 2009 at 9:48 am
"We can't wait to see a group of hulking former football-players strapping on gis and doing katas in unison at 5 a.m."

-Just because Ben said this, this show now has to happen. I'd honestly be curious as hell to see how Lyoto would coach his brood, and you can be damn sure I'd love to see Rampage every week. Love that guy.
IAHawkeye- May 25, 2009 at 9:37 am
Although another season of TUF is unavoidable, I'd prefer if they'd leave the champions off the show. I'm also worried that Machida may not have enough personality to make the show. I'm sure we'll be seeing plenty of Rampage if it does happen, and Machida's destruction of Evans makes him an instant fan favorite, but Dana has to be worried that the show might be absolutely terrible. When Nog and Mir did the show, Nog made up for his lack of showmanship by being a genuinely great guy and friend to his team members, but is Lyoto the same type of coach, and can he handle Rampage's trash talk for 6 weeks?

Judo Im Right- May 25, 2009 at 9:37 am
O and Rashad didn't try for one shot or any amount of grappling. These guys need to take a page out of the Royce Gracie book and use whatever method they can to "close the gap" on superior strikers, who will then be useless without enough space to strike.

For the record: Judo I was wrong on Rashad, but my prediction may have been based on hometown love rather than my brain. apologies
Judo Im Right- May 25, 2009 at 9:33 am
I see Rashad as a younger slightly smaller, but more athletic Rampage. Sadly, I see Rampage falling to the new pee pee taster. ahhh I take that back. Even though Machida took out my boy Rashad, it's kinda hard to hate him after seeing him overwhelmed with emotion post-fight.

All of these wrestlers need to remember where they came from. Sherk thinks he is a boxer now, but his hobbit lengthed arms don't allow it. He didn't try for a shot until late in the third when he was too tired and f'd up. Hughes remembered his roots and pulled out a fight that he shoulda lost, he was further down "on queer street" than a person visiting Thailand for cosmetic surgery.
Levi Jones- May 25, 2009 at 9:25 am
The Machida era is upon us.
Jonny5- May 25, 2009 at 9:12 am
Or even Edgar vs. Varner or Edgar vs. Miller. Either way with Edgar vs. Varner, Miller, or Maynard we give Edgar the step up in competition that he deserves although i'm kind of partial to see Edgar Maynard 2 myself at this point.