On Saturday L.A. Becomes Fighter Town USA
The bout at Staples Center will showcase the 31-year-old, undefeated champ, who's father is Japanese and whose mother is Brazilian. His multidisciplinary, highly-trained style with roots mostly in karate, represents the more-genteel future of what was once thought to be a bloody, feral sport.
Machida is a technician whose modesty and hard training (reported to include six hours a day in the gym) has led some to dub him the "karate kid" of the UFC. He's a fighter who has yet to lose a round in an organization where one lucky swing to the jaw can decide a bout. He's triumphed over Tito Ortiz and knocked out Rashad Evans.
Machida grew up in a household of intense discipline. His father owns a dojo, and Machida woke up at sunrise each morning to train as a child. He still works out at his family gym in Brazil, and he still mentions his father as a source of inspiration.