We drew tons of flack from our comments on Lyoto Machida during the post-event radio show, and I just wanted to clarify them a bit now that I’m no longer drunk. A lot of people are falling in line with the hype machine, saying that Machida is “elusive” and “confounding” like that’s something we should give him props for. No one wants to be called an “ignorant fan”, so rather than call a spade a spade they’re nodding and agreeing that Machida is simply amazing. And while he might be good at what he does, he still fucking sucks. And here’s why:
Simply put, actively keeping a fight from happening and then winning on two or three exchanges is bullshit. Let’s look at this in terms of another sport: Imagine there was a basketball team out there that decided to play the game in a completely different way. They set up a system where they completely stifle all offense, and win the game 7-3. While you can be impressed at the team’s amazing defense and their ability to completely neutralize all play, is that really something that should be applauded?
The sport of MMA has been evolving for a while now. Back in the day, Brazilian jiu jitsu guys would come in and tool everyone until people picked up enough to counter it. Then came the wrestlers, who used their takedowns and control to win matches. Thank god that period of time, also known as ‘the era of lay n pray’, is mostly over. It sickened me to see those fucks win decision matches over and over. Now we’ve got Machida, who’s style is all about not engaging and winning on the rare exchanges he allows.
The good news is that sooner or later, someone is going to figure out Machida’s style and he’s going to get smashed, just like the one dimensional BJJ guys and wrestlers of yore. The bad news is I don’t know if it’s going to be this year or next year or a few years from now. The era of lay and pray lasted a pretty long fucking time, and quite a few fighters jumped on that bandwagon before the wheels came off. So is this what we have to look forward to in MMA? More guys like Machida dragging out fights with their ‘elusive’ skills? I might have to put up with it, but I’m not going to like it. And I’m certainly not going to give props to one of the guys at the forefront of the trend.