Crane kick ... no can defense!
Lyoto Machida refuses to give Mr. Miyagi any credit for the tooth-jarring kick that retired Randy Couture for good back at UFC 129, instead "The Dragon" reveals his father taught him the maneuver, while Steven Seagal instructed him to use it against "The Natural."
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has tapped Machida, a former Light Heavyweight champion, to tangle with Mark Munoz in the Middleweight main event of UFC Fight Night 30, which takes place this weekend (Sat., Oct. 26, 2013) from Phones 4U Arena in Manchester, England. Machida is making his 185-pound debut on short notice because Michael Bisping was forced off the card with an injury, meaning he'll need all the tricks of his mixed martial arts (MMA) trade to school his self-proclaimed "teacher."
In addition to the aforementioned crane kick, Machida also deconstructs his double punch counter, which he landed on Jon Jones before getting choked unconscious, as well as the diving punch, a brutal blow that turned out the lights of Thiago Silva.
And, of course, no Machida "Signature Move" piece would be complete without a counter strike from, perhaps, the sport's most recognized (and patient) counter striker. The counter jab is the strike that set up the sensational finish of Rashad Evans, a win that earned the Brazilian a 205-pound world title.
These are all seemingly effective strikes, but none of them have carried Machida to decisive victory in more than two years. Will this weekend be any different?
Time will tell.