24 May 2009 14:11:45 PM
(I count 11 punches thrown and eight landed cleanly. That’s precision destruction. Props: MMA Core.)
You can pick your reason for being surprised with the results of last night’s Lyoto Machida-Rashad Evans title fight at UFC 98. If you expected Machida to win a less than thrilling five-round decision, you got to be completely shocked by seeing him turn into the guy who did the chasing for a change, as well as the guy who used Terminator-like accuracy to do the most damage with the least possible effort.
If you expected Evans to use his wrestling to control Machida – a position which sounded so rational in my own head just twenty-four hours ago – you got to be surprised for all the above reasons and more. Most likely your head is still spinning, and not just for lack of sleep.
Machida beat down a respected UFC champ (okay, one defending his title for the first time, but still) and made it look absurdly easy. He did it in a fashion that has us all wondering if the fighter who might eventually dethrone him has even been born yet. Just calling that performance ‘dominant’ doesn’t quite cut it. Maybe that’s why I couldn’t help but be reminded of the Anderson Silva of two years ago, even as Anderson Silva fights like the Lyoto Machida of two years ago. I’m telling you, it’s spooky.Read More ADD COMMENTS (50) DIGG THIS