There are few finishes in UFC history as iconic as the knockout Machida dealt Couture a couple of years ago. Known for his karate background, Machida channeled his inner Daniel LaRusso and hit Couture with a front kick to the face sending “The Natural” down and out. The triumph snapped a three-fight winning streak for Couture and was the final fight of the Hall of Famer’s career.
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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