Lyoto Machida (23-8, 15-8 UFC) picked up his first win in over 3 years. Winning a split decision fight over Eryk Anders. The score cards were 48-47 and 49-46 for Machida, 48-47 for Anders. This was Machida’s first win since his victory over CB Dollaway back in December of 2014.
Lyoto is a prime example of how lonely it can be when you reach the top. You no longer fight easy talent. The top is full of killers, guys who have been there and done that. Guys who have the money for high level training camps, there are no easy fights against top ranked talent. Machida’s last 3 losses were to Luke Rockhold, Yoel Romero and in his last fight, he lost to Derek Brunson.
After a 2 year suspension Machida is now 39 years old. While Erky Anders was undefeated and looks like he could make some noise, it was a step down in competition for the former light heavyweight champion. In this sport it’s hard to take any time off and come back and be successful. So many hungry contenders working their ass off every single day.
It was nice to see Machida get another win. After his victory he called out Michael Bisping. It looks like Michael is thinking about retirement though, after announcing that he wouldn’t be fighting in London. No matter what happens for Machida, I will never forget the Machida era.
Starting his UFC career with 8 straight victories and winning the light heavyweight title, knocking out the undefeated Rashad Evans. He was the first guy to win a round against Jon Jones. He gave Rich Franklin his first loss, knocked out Randy Couture with the Crane Kick. Ryan Bader, the current light heavyweight champion of Bellator, lasted 92 seconds against Lyoto. Machida was the first guys who was able to finish Stephan Bonnar.
At one time there was talks of a fight between Machida and Anderson Silva. Even after losing his belt in the rematch to Shogun, Machida was able to climb the ranks again and again. Challenging Jon Jones for the light heavyweight title, dropping down to middleweight and challenging Chris Weidman for the middleweight title. It was a great run. Yes I know he isn’t retired, but lets be honest, at 39 his best days are probably behind him.
Other notable victories over fighters like Tito Ortiz, Shogun Rua, Gegard Mousassi, Dan Henderson.