Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion and NCAA Division II Wrestling Champion (2002), Muhammed Lawal, recently arrived in Belém, Brazil, to help Lyoto Machida prepare for his upcoming title bout against Jon Jones at UFC 140 on Dec. 10, 2011, at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada.
Lawal brought his trainer, Fareed Samaad, along with him on the trip and the pair immediately jumped into helping prepare "The Dragon" reclaim his 205-pound belt.
In addition to "King," the bulked-up Brazilian, who has already added more than 20 pounds of muscle to his frame, invited Junior dos Santos' coach, Luiz Dorea, who will come along to help the karate master with his footwork.
Chinzo Machida, Lyoto's brother and fellow MMA fighter, had this to say about the hired guns:
King Mo's arrival is very important. He was the Strikeforce LHW champion and has a tremendous wrestling experience, which will translate into a high level sparring partner for Lyoto. Hopefully he will help Lyoto to better deal with Jon Jones wrestling come fight night. Dórea is also coming to give the final touches. Lyoto is already 85%, 90% prepared. With just a few adjustments he will be 100% for the fight.
Machida was in the right place at the right time, receiving a title shot after scoring a crane kick knockout of Randy Couture at UFC 129 back in April. Prior to the win, Machida was in the midst of a back-to-back two-fight losing skid, dropping fights to Mauricio Rua and Quinton Jackson.
Jones's original opponent, Rashad Evans, was forced out of the contest because of surgery to remove pins from his reconstructed hand following his UFC 133 win over Tito Ortiz last August. The timing of the surgery, as well as the mandatory recuperation period, prohibited "Suga" from starting a training camp in time to make the early December contest.
Enter "The Dragon."
Thoughts on the new additions to Machida's training camp? Will it make any difference against "Bones?" Let's hear it, Maniacs.