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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-11-2012, 06:44 PM
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Its an interesting one. I can see a lot of logic to the OP comments, even if he isn't correct per se. Rather, I think that it is something that Machida could have capitalized on, bu hasn't really done so.

As already mentioned, he does have a history with one of Japan's biggest ever stars ( Inoki ), has fought in Japan, is a master of one Japanese art and a former practitioner of at least two more. Of course, most importantly, his father is Japanese.

Added to the facts he is one of the most skilled MMA fighters alive right now, is the leading proponent of karate in MMA, has been a champion, has one of the highest levels of technique in striking out of anyone in the world and behaves with respect and dignity, then that leads to what could be considered to be a very potently marketable figure in Japan.

Perhaps if Machida had been more vocal about his Japanese heritage, and displayed more of it, and about it, in public alongside his Brazilian roots, then he could've maybe strengthened his own position in terms of drawing power, to the UFC.

If he had played things slightly differently, whether by natural means, or design, then it is more than possible that he could've captivated the Japanese market and made himself a big star over there, far more than you would guess that he currently is.

Very useful position to be in, if you are a huge draw in what is very big market in Japan, to go alongside the fact that you are already a star in Brazil.

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post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-11-2012, 07:46 PM
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I was under the impression everyone loved Machida.

I'm sure Brazil and Asia would love him if he can ever get a fight there, which is bullshit the fact he hasn't already fought in Brazil yet, like what the **** Dana? Why ya'll hatin' on the Dragon?

He's also the nicest dressed fighter out there too, all these other dudes need to take some tips. Lyoto number one forever!

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He'll get some love in Japan but not as much as you think.

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Originally Posted by xRoxaz View Post
He used to fight under Inoki's brand, but then Machida went back on his word by winning a fight he wasnt supposed to win becuz Inoki put money on the other guy. After Machida won, Inoki punched Machida several times in front of everybody, but Machida didnt go down, he took it like a man so Inoki shook his hand becuz otherwise he would look like a bitch, however after that I heard Inoki didnt want to do anything with Machida "becuz he digraced Japan".

That is some crazy stuff right there. I never followed Pride when it was happening, just watched a score of re-runs later, so I've never been aware of the drama and fight fixing and such. So Inoki was expecting Machida to throw the fight? If that is/was the case then it looks like Inoki was the one who disgraced Japan in that situation. I'm glad things are more legit these days, although I don't think anything is 100%, there is corruption in every institution known to man.
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