Lyoto Machida

The Dragon


Four-fight winning streak snapped
Light HeavyweightBellator
September 30, 2019
Machida lost to Gegard Mousasi via split decision (28-29,29-28, 27-30) at Bellator 228 on Saturday at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
Machida had his moments in this fight, but the 41-year-old was unable to land with enough regularity against one of the best middleweights the Bellator roster has to offer. He was dropped by Mousasi shots on multiple occasions, with the most costly coming in the third round that ended with Mousasi in top control. While Machida was able to escape that position and threaten with a guillotine late, it simply wasn't enough of a threat to get the nod from the majority of judges. The loss hurts Machida's title aspirations, but it remains possible he decides to go after the belt in another weight class.
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Sends Sonnen into retirement
Light HeavyweightBellator
June 16, 2019
Machida defeated Chael Sonnen via TKO (flying knee and punches) at 0:22 of Round 2 at Bellator 222 on June 14 at Madison Square Garden.
Machida ended his UFC run on a two-fight winning streak, and has now won each of his first two bouts under the Bellator banner. He was a betting favorite as high as (-400) in this fight and certainly looked the part. The Brazilian landed a menacing knee in the first round, and Sonnen barely survived the ensuing beatdown that could have easily forced the ref to stop the bout. The second round was more of the same, as Sonnen recklessly shot for a takedown but was met by another Machida knee. This time, the ref didn't give Sonnen as much leeway to recover, and rightfully stepped in to end the punishment. While Machida may not be able to contend with the best in the world at 41 years old, he proved again Friday that there is plenty left in the tank. "The Dragon" has openly stated his goal of earning multiple belts under the Bellator banner.
Scheduled for second Bellator fight
Light HeavyweightBellator
April 8, 2019
Machida will take on Chael Sonnen at Bellator 222 in New York on June 14, Bellator President Scott Coker announced.
Machida won his first fight under the Bellator label when he defeated Rafael Carvalho via split decision at Bellator 213 in December, and he'll look to make it two straight when he takes on Sonnen in June. Overall, "The Dragon" will enter the bout with a 25-8 professional record, as opposed to Sonnen's 30-16-1.
Mixes up his style
Light HeavyweightBellator
December 16, 2018
Machida defeated Rafael Carvalho via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at Bellator 213 on Saturday in Honolulu.
Machida's performance was somewhat vintage and somewhat new. In the first two rounds, he seemed to stay ahead of Carvalho with his karate style. He darted in and scored with punches and kicks against the former Bellator champion. In the final round, Machida went to his wrestling. He took down Carvalho and salted away the fight. The former UFC light heavyweight champion left the UFC after two victories. He now put himself into position to challenge Bellator middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi, who he previously defeated in 2014.
Bellator debut booked
Light HeavyweightBellator
September 13, 2018
Machida will make his Bellator debut against former middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho on Dec. 15 in Honolulu, Hawaii, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
Machida exited the UFC on a two-fight winning streak, and the 40-year-old was awarded a lucrative opportunity to continue his MMA career under the banner of Bellator MMA. He'll immediately draw a considerable test against one of the tougher middleweights on the roster in Calvalho. The fellow Brazilian had been riding a 15-fight winning streak prior to losing his championship belt to another former UFC product in Gegard Mousasi last May. Despite what will inevitably be a hall-of-fame career, Machida seems likely to enter as a betting underdog in this one.
Officially on board with Bellator
Light HeavyweightBellator
June 22, 2018
Machida signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator MMA on Friday, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
Machida will leave the promotion that made him on a two-fight winning streak, most recently sending Vitor Belfort into retirement with a front kick at UFC 224. At 40 years old but not quite yet ready to call it quits, "The Dragon" will look to build on a 24-8 professional record. Plans for his Bellator debut have yet to be announced.