Ortiz’s name has been tarnished by his record over the past few years but at the time he met Machida the former “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” was still a semi-credible competitor. He was coming off a draw against Rashad Evans and was 5-1 in the six scraps preceding that performance. Still, he stood no match for Machida, eating shots early and often. Also memorable, Ortiz nearly sunk in a late Triangle Choke but Machida stayed calm and collected, escaping the technique and eventually taking home the decision nod in what marks the Brazilian’s first big win in the Octagon.
Former UFC light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida will start a new phase of his career this coming weekend when he dips down to middleweight with hopes of following in the footsteps of friend Anderson Silva by eventually winning divisional gold. While Machida’s main event match-up with Mark Munoz at UFC Fight Night 30 is certainly an important moment in the 35-year old’s run, it’s definitely not the first time he’s been put in a bout with high stakes against an apt adversary. And, as history has shown, chances are good he’ll come out on top when things are said and done. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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