UFC Quick Quote: Lyoto Machida can't throw away the style that made him champion just to please the fans

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"I admire Randy Couture for everything he did. It’s extraordinary to get to that age fighting with top fighters in such a high level. I got the privilege of facing him. This is going to be a honor to know that I made part of his history, it's priceless. Few people will get such an honor to fighting him. The intent is to change the attitude, to look for the aggressiveness, the entertainment. We’re fighting professionals, it's not enough to perform, we have to please the audience. I’ve got to enhance some aspects of my game but I cannot totally change. I can’t forget what made me champion. How can I throw it all away? How can I change my whole style?"

Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida (via Terra Sport), who was expected to dominate the UFC's 205-pound division until he was turned inside out by Mauricio Rua, looks to snap a two-fight losing streak against aging hall-of-famer Randy Couture at UFC 129 on April 30 in Toronto. "The Dragon" has faced past criticism for a "boring" fight style earlier in his career and many MMA fans fear the Brazilian has reverted to that offensive approach after his knockout loss to "Shogun." Can Machida find a way to please the fans and still win the "Natural" fight? Time will tell...

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