Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Branson, Missouri
Nakamura has improved striking, but I don't think he'll be able to stand with Machida. His best bet is to take things to the ground. I think Machida will win based on striking. If Nak takes things to the ground, then Machida will just neutralize it. Nak's a solid fighter, no doubt, but I'm picking Machida.
Machida has great striking, good wrestling, is hard to hit, has a good ground game, and has a good chin. The guy's tricky.
Nakamura has improved striking, good clinch game, is good on the ground, and has heart.
Basically, Nak is a judoka trying to be a boxer. He has a tendency to get wild with his strikes.
Machida's a great striker who wins based on technique.