76 Knock Out
Kazuhiro Nakamura vs. Lyoto Machida
Saturday September 22, 2007 10PM EST
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match will has the potential to be match of the night as both
these MMA fighters have great skills in all areas of the game.
Kazuhiro Nakamura (11-6) is a Pride veteran and his primary style
is judo as he trains out of the dojo of Hidehiko Yoshida.
He currently competes as a middleweight in the PRIDE Fighting
Championships in Japan and will make his debut in the UFC as a
light heavyweight. His Judo skills are off the chart and he can
grapple and wrestle with some of the best fighter is the light
heavyweight division. Even though most people know him as a great
judo fighter he has great striking abilities. Don’t look
at his record as his six loses have been against top level fighters
like Mauricio Rua, Josh Barnett (40 pounds heavier than him),
Wanderlei Silva, Dan Henderson and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. All
of his loses are to MMA fighters in my pound for pound top ten
list in MMA. Nakamura has incredible heart and will fight till
he can not fight no more and he will want to make a statement
for the fans at UFC 76.
will be fighting Lyoto Machida (10-0) who is undefeated as a mixed
martial arts fighter. Machida is the son of a Japanese-Brazilian
Shotokan karate master Yoshizo Machida, and is one of the fastest
rising stars in MMA. He is very strong for his size and has good
standup striking abilities as well as a good ground game. He is
very well rounded but not outstanding in one particular aspect.
Machida has the ability to adapt to his opponents and at age 29
is ready for a breakout.
look at Machida’s fights and in most cases he has coasted
to victories by decision. He will not be able to do that against
Nakamura who constantly presses the attack. His last 3 fights
were not impressive as he went the distance with David Heath,
Sam Hoger and Vernon White. These are guys he should have just
spank and beaten so easily. Will we get the Machida that beat
BJ Penn and Rich Franklin or the fighter that was complacent and
did just enough to beat less quality fighters?
Line: I think this will be one hell of a match but I’m
taking Nakamura because he has more experience and has fought
tougher opponents. Nakamura’s pressing style will baffle
Machida because in most cases he is the better fighter. Machida
will not be able to take Nakamura down and try to keep his distance
because he will be worried about his judo take downs.
Nakamura at +170 with a decision win due to his pressing attack
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