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Machida Isn’t Assuming Anything About Rampage Heading into Their UFC 123 Bout

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Lyoto Machida isn’t taking anything for granted in preparing for his upcoming bout with Quinton Jackson at UFC 123 November 20.

The former UFC light heavyweight champ says he’s preparing for every scenario that "Rampage" may present him with during the fight — even the unlikelihood that Jackson may demonstrate some newly developed kickboxing skills.

"Well, I always think for a MMA fight, despite the specialties of each fighter, you have to be prepared for anything, because we can never know what the guy is up to. A guy who doesn’t know how to kick may be kicking on the following fight, you can’t tell for sure. The need leads the frog to a jump. We have many examples of people who are good on areas that aren’t theirs specialties: Georges St. Pierre has improved a lot his Wrestling, people that didn’t kick are now kicking and so it goes… I don’t underestimate any fighter," Machida told "I think that, just as I’m prepared for anything during the fight, so are they: the stand-up game, the takedowns and the ground game. Of course we have our game plan set, our strong point is Karate and the exchanges, but if we need to use the other skills, we will do the takedowns and the ground game that I train here with Valter Broca, who’s a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, graduated by De La Riva, who always help me on this area."

As far as Jackson’s gameplan, Machida doesn’t think Quinton will shy away from standing with him, despite his tough to defend against unorthodox karate striking prowess.

"I think that Quinton Jackson always comes for the striking, independently of his opponent, he always tries to impose his game, so it’ll be up to me because he’ll try to use his boxing and I have to try to block his game and impose mine," he explains. "I think Quinton is a great fighter, I respect him, he always does his game and I try to do mine and keep improving so I can please the audience and the fans all around the world because it’s a part of MMA. We have to win and please the public and the fans that cheer for you, you can’t do things on your own."

Despite losing his championship strap in dramatic fashion in May to Mauricio Rua, Machida at UFC 113, Machida says he isn’t concerned with the rubber match with Shogun at the moment.

"I think one step at a time. People talk about Shogun and I don’t keep thinking about Shogun, he’s long gone now. Now I have to think about my next challenge because sometimes we keep thinking about the future, but we can’t even make the next step, so I think I have to be prepared and I can’t underestimate anyone.," Machida says. "Now I’ll have to face Quinton Jackson and there are many factors to consider before I have a title shot. I think it’s best for me to focus on this fight and I’ll welcome whatever comes to me in the future."

Contradicting his previous statement, when asked whether he thought he should have to win another bout should he get by Jackson later this month before he gets another shot at the title, Lyoto didn’t hesitate before answering.

"I think that I’d like to confront Shogun [next]. I don’t have anything against him, I think he’s really respectful and I have given many interviews saying he’s an example for the sport. I’ve won one and he won another," he explains. "I think we have to fight one more time and it’s part of the natural course, at the end of each one’s career and we’ll see that we’ve all learned from it, it was a good thing for all of us, and we’ll be please and friendly. We saw that Jiu-Jitsu and Wrestling were enemies and now they’re not anymore, so…

Although he is proof positive that traditional martial arts can still prove successful in MMA, Machida says that advanced conditioning and athleticism in fighters like Ryan Bader and Jon Jones is the future of the sport.

"I believe that the new generation is a really conditioned generation, [who] has begun to build the pillars for being a great fighter and there’re great athletes that are popular," he says. "Now me, Rashad, Rampage and Shogun will have to face those guys."

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Mr_Misanthropy- November 3, 2010 at 4:15 pm
Somebody tell Machida if he wins "Urine line for a title shot!"
LOKI- November 3, 2010 at 5:45 am
Ryu > Balrog via tatsumakisenpukiyaku leg kicks.

And in the ultimate irony either Rampage is unable to continue due to a broken leg, thereby Machida having ended a fight with a technique that 'dosent end fights' or
Lyoto catches him with a bait and switch combo leaving him doing the stanky-leg or, even worse a 'stiff knockout' like one of Rampages 'people' predicted for Forrest.
Hum Deez Nutz- November 3, 2010 at 5:32 am
Rampage 1st rd TKO via meatmissle to Machidas chin.
RearNakedSpoon- November 3, 2010 at 5:14 am
Might be worth putting some money on rampage in case Machida gets struck by a meteorite during the fight.

I actually mean a rock from space, it is not a nickname for any part of Rampages body.
Almost North- November 3, 2010 at 1:48 am
but real fish?
ashkenaziTROLL- November 3, 2010 at 12:23 am
should be a good one .. hope they don't dance all fucking night, like a couple of fish at a faggot party (metaphorical faggots)
Zombie Cage Fighter- November 2, 2010 at 11:09 pm
I hate to bring up a topic that is irrelevant to this posting, and that comes from a completely different MMA news site, but has anyone heard Helwani's interview with Nate Quarry from Monday's MMA-hour? Quarry says he may retire to pursue various media productions of what is perhaps the lamest zombie genre spin-off ever conceived. He's a decent fighter, and seems like a nice guy, but ... I mean, you just have to see the fucking interview. It's outrageous. I was half-suspecting CP to have already written an article summarizing Quarry's new dream career with all the humorous derision it deserves.

And Machida is going to beat the piss out of--oh, what's the point.
Charming Charlie- November 2, 2010 at 10:53 pm
Rampage fights like a nervous teen at his first gangbang. He stands rigid in one place rotating. He's focused on the counter and his only hope is if someone if someone tries to take him down; where he has a 50% chance of landing uppercut or just getting laid out.
boober- November 2, 2010 at 9:57 pm
Rampage by sucking the urine right out of Machida.
Sakuraba3900- November 2, 2010 at 9:22 pm
@ Guaps

that was a nice south park ref... good ish
MediumRare- November 2, 2010 at 8:42 pm
Rampage's boxing is easily good enough to knock out Machida if the karate-kid actively engages and trades punches.

However, I think Machida will back up and dance around. The crowd will boo and then Rampage will get irritated and over-aggressive.

Machida by uninspiring, back-peddling, counter-flailing, karate-crouching, decision.
Goog- November 2, 2010 at 8:30 pm
Why do I get the feeling the 3rd consecutive night's showing of "Teletubbies On Ice" would outdraw this card?
KarmaAteMyCat- November 2, 2010 at 8:21 pm
I can't stand lyoto and his once extinguished hype. doo be doo mother fucker drink that magic urine cause rampage isn't smoking Cigg's and chugging down 40's. He's coming for you FOOL!
Kimbos Bread- November 2, 2010 at 8:14 pm
Lyoto is the Ryu Hoshi of the UFC, complete with his very own brand of Dragon "Punch".
newdeal- November 2, 2010 at 7:31 pm
From the interviews I have seen of rampage so far he seems motivated to get his show money and lose a decision.
mahlbawlz- November 2, 2010 at 7:19 pm
Machida is cool. Both his fights with Shogun were sweet.
BryanF- November 2, 2010 at 5:26 pm
^ Indeed! We will (golden) shower him with praise!
Dirt- November 2, 2010 at 5:01 pm
A toast... pee of course... to the gentelmanly Dragon
El Guapo- November 2, 2010 at 4:59 pm
If Lyoto was hard to hit before Shogun knocked him the BLEEP out, imagine how elusive he's gonna be now. Hope Rampage is in shape, cause he's gonna be chasing the Dragon all night. Not talking about heroin, either, ya junkies..