Recently, The MMA Corner’s Aline Baktchejian Djehdian spoke with former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida.

The pair discussed the fighter’s co-main event clash with Phil Davis at UFC 163.

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You had a very competitive fight against Dan Henderson that ended up going to decision. What element of surprise are you bringing to this fight? Can we expect something like the knockout in the fight against Randy Couture?

We try to bring an element of surprise and take the rabbit out of the hat—do something different. However, it can’t always work out the way we want it to. We have to work hard and always surprise the opponent. We’ll have to wait and see on Saturday.

Phil Davis spoke much about your qualities when he commented on your fight against Henderson, but what do you think of Davis as a fighter?

Like other athletes, Phil talk about me, some good and others bad. I prefer to focus more on my game. Phil is a good man. He was not even there to do trash talking, so he’s a good athlete. He fights fair, though he will put a finger in the eye [laughs; referring to fight between Davis and Wagner Prado where the bout was halted due to Davis poking Prado in the eye]. I want to make a good show and always focus on my fight.

What is your prediction for the fight between your teammate Glover Teixeira and Ryan Bader?

It goes without saying. Glover is one of the top guys in the division. He will run over Ryan Bader.

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Você fez uma luta muito movimentada contra Dan Henderson que acabou indo pra decisão. Que elemento surpresa está trazendo para essa luta? Podemos esperar algo como o nocaute na luta contra Randy Couture?

A gente tenta trazer um elemento surpresa e tirar o coelho da cartola. Fazer uma coisa diferente. Mas nem sempre dá para fazer da forma que a gente quer.  Trabalho duro e surpresa sempre para surpreender o adversário. Sábado está ai. Vamos ver não dá pra falar muito antes.

O Phil Davis falou muito sobre suas qualidades quando comentou sua luta contra Henderson como avalia o Phil como lutador?

Assim como o Phil outros atletas falam sobre mim, uns bem e outros mal prefiro focar mais no meu jogo e no que eu estou pretendendo fazer. O Phil é uma boa pessoa, não tá nem ai pra fazer trash talking sei que é um bom atleta. Ele tem fair play, tirando o dedo no olho (risos) (Machida se referindo a luta entre Davis vs Caldeirão onde a luta foi suspensa por conta do dedo no olho do Phil contra Caldeirão).Quero fazer um bom espetáculo e sempre focado na minha luta.

Seu palpite para a luta entre o seu companheiro de treino Glover Texeira vs. Ryan Bader?

Não precisa nem falar. O Glover é um dos tops da categoria ,ele vai atropelar o Ryan Bader.


Photo: Lyoto Machida (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

About The Author

Aline Bak
Staff Writer, Brazil

A native of São Paulo, Brazil, Aline began watching MMA with her father during the heyday of Pride in the early 2000's. Her passion for the sport soon turned to the UFC not long after. After attending UFC 134 in Rio de Janeiro and UFC 146 in Las Vegas, Aline was asked to recount her experience for Tatame—one of Brazil's biggest media outlets—and thus began her writing career. In addition to her work for The MMA Corner, she maintains her own site about MMA.