"I talked to Anderson on the phone like three or four times, and we talked a lot. He sent me a video, telling me to train that. He shot a video there saying what he thought I should focus more my training on for this fight, he showed me different [moves], saying I can use it. So, he always tries to help me the way he can. We can tell Anderson is very helpful, mainly with his friends. You can see his worry to come and talk to me. I know he wants me to bring another title to our Brazil."
-- Lyoto Machida tells Tatame.com that even though current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion, long-time friend and training partner, Anderson Silva, was unable to help him train for Jon Jones at UFC 140, "The Spider" is doing what he can thousands of miles away. In particular, he took the time to make a video for "The Dragon," showing him a few new moves to help him get his 205-pound title back from "Bones." While Machida has been busy training in Belem, Brazil, for his upcoming light heavyweight championship fight at the Air Canada Center in Toronto, Canada, on Dec. 10, 2011, Silva has been in the United States, receiving his "Knockout of the Year" award at the World MMA Awards and, of course, recovering from a nagging shoulder injury. The good news is that Machida has not been short on training partners in Silva's absence, flying in wrestling guru and former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Muhammed Lawal and Brazilian jiu- jitsu specialist, Glover Teixeira, to participate in his training camp. Machida will look to reclaim the 205-pound title that was once his, which Mauricio Rua emphatically took away from him by knocking him out in the first round at UFC 113 back in 2010. Will Silva's video messages and new moves make a difference on fight night, or is Machida screwed no matter who chips in, including the incomparable Steven Seagal?