Since Lyoto Machida dropped from Light Heavyweight to Middleweight, he has looked exceptional. 'The Dragon' is 2-0 at 185lbs, having knocked out Mark Munoz before defeating Gegard Mousasi via unanimous decision.
That has earned the former UFC Light Heavyweight title holder a crack at the Middleweight title against Chris Weidman at UFC 175. Originally scheduled for May 24, knee surgery for the champion has delayed the fight until July 5. However The Dragon believes he has the game plan to dethrone Weidman.
Speaking to MMAFighting, Machida said: "The extra time to train was good, but at the same time it was not.
"I was training hard and would be ready to fight in May even though I got the offer with two months’ notice, but I will use the extra weeks to work even better and get in there stronger.
"He has a good wrestling game and hits hard. He has a good cardio but I believe a lot in what I do and in my work. I believe in me.
"As a champion, I know he would never take risks if he really didn't need it. I don’t think he will be in disadvantage because of the surgeries. He wouldn't risk his title, so I believe he will be 100 percent ready.
"I sure do (know how to beat him) but I won’t tell you how now [laughs]."
This will be the second title defence for Chris Weidman. Since capturing the title from Anderson Silva at UFC 162 by second round TKO, he defended it against the same man at UFC 168 when Silva was forced to stop through a broken leg.
Weidman is just 11-0 in his MMA career however is a lot more mature than that as a fighter. He poses excellent wrestling matched with crisp boxing and a very flashy Jiu-Jitsu game.
However Machida will be a tough test for Weidman. The former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion has possibly the most unique striking in the UFC. The karate background of the Brazilian allows him to throw strikes from awkward angles. This has allowed the Brazilian to accumulate a superb 21-1 record including wins over Dan Henderson, Rashad Evans and Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua.
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