Chinzo Machida (left) hopes to comply with brother Lyoto to the UFC.| Marcelo Alonso/Sherdog.com
might share a last identify with youthful brother and formerUFC champion
, but they have walked very totally different paths as mixedmartial artists.
Lyoto has climbed to the sport’s highest peak over the course ofsix years within the Ultimate Preventing Championship, whereas the elderMachida has seen accidents derail his plans, resulting in a 1-2professional document since starting his profession in 2005.
On Friday, the 36-yr-previous will step into the cage against Brian Wooden atResurrection Fighting Alliance eleven at 1stBank Center inBroomfield, Colo. The occasion airs reside on AXS TELEVISION and marks Machida’sfirst look since dropping a unanimous choice to LeonardoLaiola in December 2010.
According to Machida, the lengthy layoff did not come by choice. Thekarateka shattered a bone in his hand in opposition to Laiola and went on tofight two extra rounds despite the harm. Sadly, thefeatherweight did more injury than good that night and has sinceundergone two surgeries that he believes have returned his hand tofull strength.
Now, the karate black belt will make what seems like one ultimate runat his final goal of combating alongside his youthful brother inthe UFC.
“I wish to finally get [to the UFC],” Machida toldSherdog.com this week. “I want to have four or five fights inRFA and assess where I’m at, but of course I’d love to struggle inthe UFC.”
Standing in his method is Wood, a muay Thai practitioner who no doubthopes to bolster his repute on the expense of Machida. AlthoughWood was not the opponent Machida initially signed to face in hisRFA debut, the featherweight however feels confident in hispreparation.
“My camps start out the identical, and I make the ultimate adjustmentsabout 30 days earlier than the struggle. When I came upon who my newopponent at RFA eleven could be, it was a couple of month and a half beforethe battle, so it didn’t really affect me an excessive amount of,” stated Machida.“I did common training – slightly little bit of everything in thebeginning – and I saved the specifics for the final month, so I amready to go.”
Along with his camp now behind him, Machida hopes to make use of an aggressiveapproach and let his fists fly.
“I would like to hold the battle standing, as a result of that is what thefans prefer to see, but I’m ready to take the battle anyplace.I’ve been doing a ton of wrestling and plenty of jiu-jitsu, but Ithink standing up is a good means for the combat to go.”
If Machida finds the success for which he is wanting, it might resultin a shift of protocol between him and his brother. Whereas thesiblings have all the time participated in each other’s fightpreparations underneath the steering of father Yoshizo Machida and theirteam at Black House Gym in Los Angeles, this dynamic could changedepending on how the elder Machida performs in the cage.
“He’s nonetheless Lyoto’s coach, too, but in the beginning we want tosee how he does Friday night,” supervisor Ed Soares said. “Hopefullyhe does nicely. If he does do well and looks like he desires tocontinue to do this – the RFA is going to be doing 12 shows nextyear. I may easily see Chinzo fighting three or four times aslong as the schedule permits with Lyoto’s fights.”
But what if their schedules conflict, stopping the lighter Machidafrom getting the work required to fight inside the Octagon?
“After all, if [Chinzo] had the opportunity, he would follow hisown profession,” Soares added.
The UFC’s featherweight division is extensively thought to be certainly one of thestrongest, if not the deepest division throughout the company. ThoughMachida hopes to in the future turn into a member of the UFC roster, thefeatherweight declined to match himself to the promotion’s stableof one hundred forty five-pound talents.
“I’m not likely able to say, as a result of training is one thingand combating is one other,” mentioned Machida. “I would like to wait untilafter Friday evening. I’ve been away from the cage for such a longtime, so I’ll see how issues go and [then] make that evaluation.”
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