During Lyoto Machida’s decorated career, there’s been plenty of men who have claimed they had answers for his unorthodox style, before discovering they could hardly touch the Karate guru on fight night. Or, if things went really south, they ended up getting KO’d.
Well, the next man who has been assigned the task of facing Machida is Gegard Mousasi, and he’s taking steps to make sure he isn’t puzzled by “The Dragon” on February 15th. While speaking to MMA Fighting.com recently, here is some of what Mousasi had to say about the UFC Fight Night 36 scrap.
“I already know how Machida fights style-wise,” Mousasi relayed, “and I have a training partner that has fought him twice in karate, so I will be ready for him.”
“I’m more of a kickboxer, he’s a counter puncher,” he said. “He takes his time and has good feeling of distance. My style is to come forward and keep the pressure, so I think I’m gonna match up really well.”
Sound familiar? Although, it would be silly to under estimate the “Dreamcatcher”, as this is a man who has lost just one of his last 20 bouts.
The upcoming fight will also mark Mousasi’s return to middleweight, as the 28 year-old has been competing at 205 in recent years. He also added that he has no problems competing at light-heavyweight, but that his goal right now is gunning for the middleweight belt.
UFC FN 36 will go down in Jaragua do Sul, Brazil.