Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida has only tasted defeat once in his seven years and seventeen bouts contested as a professional against the highest level of competition imaginable, and apparently it’s that defeat that has his father, karate master Yoshizo Machida, questioning whether he should continue fighting at all.
“Do you really think there is the possibility that Lyoto would stop fighting?,” Yoshizo was asked in a conversation that took place in June that recently made headlines at Sherdog.com.
“I don’t know. He said he intends to fight until about 35,” said Yoshizo. “It’s his decision. It’s not you or the family that will decide what he should do, right? This is it. I already said that he better not fight anymore, but I didn’t say it to him. I have expressed this desire just to my wife and his brothers. He doesn’t want (to retire) and says that he still has many challenges. According to him, 35 is a good age to stop. I think that up to 35 is still possible, but after that it starts getting tricky.”
It’s important to point out that Lyoto is currently just 32-years-old.
Yoshizo goes on to state that he feels now would be a good time for his son to retire being that he has already realized his dream of becoming a champion but admits that he can understand how Lyoto may feel a need to reedeem himself following the recent knockout defeat suffered at the hands of Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
The full conversation is available in the video below: