The newly crowned UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida was visibly emotional following his devastating knockout over Rashad Evans at last evenings UFC 98.
It’s been a long time coming for the brilliant tactician in Machida. Having watched his very first UFC at the age of 15, he worked hard incorporating jiu-jitsu and other fighting elements in with his Machida karate to create to unsolvable style he employs with tremendous success today.
“I have said before that this is a chess game. I study and I study, and I waited on what he wanted to do,” Machida was quoted as saying in a post-fight interview with UFC.com immediately following his championship victory over Evans.
Nothing was ever given to Machida. Everything he has earned in mixed martial arts, the accolades, the praise, the victories and the UFC light heavyweight championship have come to Lyoto the old fashioned way, from years of blood, sweat and tears.
“I believed all the time, all the time. Training every day hard. I cried, I trained, and now I am the champion,” said a teary eyed Machida.
The evolving process is far from over for the undefeated 205 pound champion. The win over Rashad just marks a new chapter in the constantly unfolding story of “The Dragon”.
“I am very, very happy and I will train more to keep my belt for a long time,” said the new king of the light heavyweight division.