As of June 2009, Machida is undefeated in his professional MMA career, and in his UFC career has yet to lose a round. He is currently ranked as the #1 light-heavyweight fighter in the world.
Machida uses a unique style that combines elements from his diverse training background. Often described as “elusive,” Machida relies on cautious and precise counter-striking that frustrates his opponents into making mistakes. Machida has earned considerable respect from MMA fans, fighters, and commentators for his effectiveness and winning ways. At the same time, his cerebral and conservative style is sometimes deemed boring and unsatisfying to watch.
Machida has drawn fire from fans, and criticism from MMA commentators for his limited aggression and many decision victories. In response to these criticisms, Machida said, “If you don’t like it, sorry. I always try to win.” He also stated that he believes fans are coming to appreciate the efficiency of his style just like they came to appreciate Royce Gracie’s grappling.0 Comments