The end of 2014 saw the UFC close out the year in Brazil. The card, which was headlined by former UFC light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida and CB Dollaway, was an interesting event that saw finishes and crazy fights in various spots throughout the card.
Machida uses a unique. unorthodox style in MMA that combines elements from his diverse training background. His style is based mainly on tactics using Shotokan karate and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, but also integrates techniques from wrestling and sumo. Often described as “elusive,” Machida relies on cautious and precise counter-striking that frustrates his opponents into making mistakes. Machida has earned considerable respect from MMA fans, fighters, and commentators for his effectiveness and winning ways.
In the main event, Machida looked to get back into title contention by taking out dark horse Dollaway. As most people expected, Machida quickly took out Dollaway with a devastating body kick and follow-up.
The accuracy of the body kick is what we’ll remember. Not only did Machida plaster Dollaway’s body with that killer body shot, but he also placed it so accurately under the defenses of his opponent.
The sound it made is also memorable. The minute it landed, it sounded like a gun went off in the arena. That’s how devastating the shot was, making it no wonder why Dollaway folded like an accordion in the aftermath.
This is really nothing new from The Dragon, who has been finishing fighters with kicks throughout his UFC career. Dollaway joins Randy Couture and Mark Munoz as guys Machida has downed with kicks in the UFC.
Middleweight seems to be the correct weight class for Machida. He is a good size and has shown to be successful thus far in his 185-pound campaign.