But will he be able to grab a hold of him, take him down and submit him the way he wants? We'll find out on April 30 in Toronto at UFC 129.
"I'm going to go out and do what I trained to do and do what I'm capable of. Machida's a guy that I've wanted to fight for a long time. For a long time, he's been the Rubik's Cube in MMA, nobody really kind of figured out how to solve that puzzle.
"I definitely think he's going to try to change some things. Is he going to completely whole-sale change his style? No, I don't see that. His style has got him to where he's at right now as a contender in the 205-pound class and a former champ.
"You've got to control the distance very diligently with Lyoto. You either need to be all the way in, in the pocket and in short range, or all the way out. If you stay out there in the middle where he can just touch you with his hands, he's going to kick you all day long and he's very quick with it.
"I'm going to come forward but I'm not going to stop, I'm going to come all the way forward, and that's where he's going to have to make the adjustments and have to deal with me at that range. A guy who is predominantly a wrestler and who can attack and not kind of sit out and counter-punch and counter-strike with him is the right kind of style to be hard on you.
"I'm more than capable of beating Lyoto and I feel very confident about this fight."