Lyoto Machida Injures Left Foot in UFC Fight Night 36 Win Over Gegard Mousasi


Lyoto Machida didn't escape the cage unscathed. | File photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com


Lyoto Machida’s title prospects may now hinge upon the health of his left foot.

The Brazilian injured his oft-used appendage in the main event of UFC Fight Night 36, in which “The Dragon” took a unanimous decision from Gegard Mousasi at Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Brazil.

“I don’t know exactly what happened, but maybe in the third round I did some kicking, and he defended with his knee,” Machida told Fox Sports after the victory. “I don’t know if I broke my foot. I just tried to keep my focus on the fight, because I knew he was a tough opponent, and I tried my best.”

Machida used that left foot expertly throughout the contest, dictating distance and connecting with kicks both high and low over the course of the 25-minute contest.

“Sometimes [Mousasi] keeps his hands down, and I saw that I could kick him,” said Machida. “I started to kick his head, his body and his leg. I know he’s a good opponent who fought in K-1, but I’m very confident in my kicks.”

The victory marked Machida’s second appearance at 185 pounds after an extended run at light heavyweight, during which he captured and lost the UFC title. The karate black belt was even more impressive in his middleweight debut this past October, when he knocked out former training partner Mark Munoz with a first-round head kick.

“I’ve found my weight. Before, when I fought at 205, there were a lot of big guys,” said Machida. “In this class, I feel like a big guy. Mousasi, for example, is shorter than me. I can fight against everybody, and it’s no problem for me, because I can put my technique and my strength together.”

Machida now stands as one of two apparent top contenders for the middleweight crown, with Ronaldo Souza serving as the other potential challenger for the winner of Chris Weidman’s upcoming title defense against Vitor Belfort. While the condition of Machida’s foot is still unknown, the karateka said he will be ready for whatever the UFC has planned.

“I don’t know who deserves the title shot,” said Machida. “Dana White is the boss, and he can decide everything. I think I deserve the title shot, too. We’ll see.”

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 13 days ago
  • 3 views

Potentially fighting for a title shot, Gegard Mousasi and Ronaldo Souza went to war in the main event of UFC Fight Night 50 last night (Fri., Sept. 5, 2014) at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, read news >>

  • 17 days ago
  • 23 views

In Countdown to UFC Fight Night 50, get an inside look on how Gegard Mousasi and Jacare Souza are preparing for their middleweight showdown in Friday's main event. read news >>

  • 17 days ago
  • 19 views

Countdown to UFC Fight Night takes you inside the training camps of Gegard Mousasi and Jacare Souza. See them prepare for a rematch of their first fight from six years ago. read news >>

  • 17 days ago
  • 185 views

Watch the Countdown to UFC Fight Night: Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza vs. Gegard Mousasi UFC Fight Night 50 happens this weekend, and Zuffa released their traditional Countdown show to preview the stacked F read news >>

  • 16 days ago
  • 4 views

MMAmania.com resident fighter analyst Andrew Richardson breaks down the mixed martial arts (MMA) game of UFC Fight Night 50 headliner Gegard Mousasi, who looks to defeat Ronaldo Souza for a second ti read news >>

  • 16 days ago
  • 6 views

At UFC Fight Night 50, Ronaldo Souza and Gegard Mousasi could be fighting to determine the next contender to get a shot at the middleweight championship. Currently ranked No. 4 among 185-pound conten read news >>

  • 16 days ago
  • 20 views

Gegard Mousasi takes on Jacare Ronaldo Souza for the second time in this anticipated rematch in Connecticut. The Line Up Lightweight Al Iaquinta vs. Rodrigo Damm Middleweight Rafael Natal vs. Chris C read news >>

  • 16 days ago
  • 5 views

The worldwide leader for mixed martial arts and UFC news, MMA News, UFC Rumors, MMA Rankings, Interviews, Videos, UFC Results, and UFC Blog read news >>

  • 16 days ago
  • 7 views

Because that's what friends do for one another. Usually, a fighter doesn't want anything to do with his opponent in the days leading up to their fight, preferring to stay as far away from him/her as read news >>