there are agressive and passive karate forms as well. Machida is a shotokan and i thought an okinawan student as well. Both of which are supposed to be the more offensive style of karate. interesting, then, that machida is largely a counterpuncher. I think the biggest advantage his karate studies offer him is the strength and power of his strikes- which is mostly the point of Karate: to disable you opponent in as few strikes as possible.
I like seeing more classically trained martial artists in the octagon. I think a lot of people underestimate the traditional MAs. Its good to see guys like machida and cung le that are making the traditional MAs fit the MMA mold.
Evil will always triumph over good...
Because good is dumb.