(Hopefully the judges can decide who won, not just who didn’t lose enough this time around.)
According to Mauricio Rua‘s muay thai trainer, Andre "Dida" Amade, they are expecting Lyoto Machida to take the fight to the ground to avoid taking the amount of damage he took from Shogun the last time the two met.
In an interview with Sherdog, Amade, who imitated Machida’s karate style for sparring sessions with his fighter throughout his camp in Brazil, says he and the rest of Shogun’s coaches are betting the farm that Lyoto will rely heavily on his black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu to ensure he retains his title.
“For Lyoto it is not very good to stay standing. He knows that his karate is not going to defeat muay Thai. In my coach’s opinion, he will want to work his jiu-jitsu with Shogun. I think he will not fight muay Thai because he saw that in the last fight he was badly hurt and was not effective. So I think he will want to work his jiu-jitsu. We already have the strategy to beat Machida. In [the last] fight, we used a strategy for Shogun to kill Machida’s game and our tactics worked,” Amade said. “We just had not counted on the judges. Shogun is hungry for this fight, and we are already feeling the taste of the belt. Shogun shows in each training session the desire to beat Machida. I do not want to be in Machida’s shoes because Shogun will take this belt with his kicks.” ”
Now, I may be naive in thinking Dida may be way off in his assumption, but regardless if it happens or not, I hope to hell that Shogun brings more to the fight than leg kicks and a plan to neutralize Lyoto’s ground game or it will be a short night for him.
After nearly losing his belt in the last fight, you can bet Machida’s dad providing him with plenty of
bamboo lashings encouragement to ensure he doesn’t fight to a decision Saturday night, so his game will have to be en pointe to take the belt from the champ this time around.