Lyoto Machida, is he the next Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion? This Saturday, June 5, 2014, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas Nevada, Chris Weidman is yet to prove that his skills are for real when he steps inside the Octagon to face a 21-win record holder Lyoto Machida. Chris Weidman’s record is 11 victories in which 45 percent is via KO/TKO including his two straight wins over Anderson Silva.
Although 52 percent of Machida’s victories are via decision, “The Dragon” submitted one third of his opponents on the ground and knocked out almost 40 percent of his foes. If Chris Weidman’s game plan is to stand up the entire fight, he may have to slightly change his attack strategy, as Machida is known for a strange unorthodox way of striking that is rooted in his mastery of karate. Here’s something we need to look at in this perfect match-up: Chris Weidman is known to knock out his opponents and he has KO’ed more fighters, and has submitted more men inside the Octagon in his entire career. However, Lyoto Machida defeated big names in MMA such as Rich Franklin, Michael McDonald, BJ Penn, Tito Ortiz, Tiago Silva, Rashad Evans, Mauricio Rua, Randy Couture, Ryan Bader, Dan Henderson, Mark Muñoz, and Gerard Mousasi. Chris Weidman has homework to do.
The co-main event will feature the “Rowdy” Rhonda Rousey who is scheduled to defend her belt for the fourth time in the UFC against Alexis Davis. While there is no doubt that most people’s bet is going toward Rousey’s booth, a little information about Alexis Davis will probably change the minds of some MMA fans. Davis has not been submitted in professional MMA and will be the first woman grappler that Rousey will face in the Octagon. As a professional fighter, she won over 21 professional fights making her at par with Rousey’s record. In the past, Davis defeated strong opponents like Tonya Evinger (two times), Julie Kedzie, a Japanese fan favorite and known grappler named Hitomi Akano, Rosi Sexton, and Liz Carmouche. This will be the first time in UFC women’s division to pair grapplers who are willing to test their skills on who’s gonna tap first.