He really makes it seem so easy, so beautiful!
I think we will see another one in the upcoming battle of the Dragon
If you didn't already know it, Lyoto Machida has exceptional takedowns and takedown defense. Here are his UFC statistics.
VS Sam Hoger
Takedown defense 4/5
VS David Heath
Takedown defense 2/2
Takedown defense 5/7
Takedown defense 2/4
Takedown defense 8/8
VS Thiago Silva
Takedown defense 1/1
Total against all opponents
Takedowns 15/21 = 71%
Takedown defense 22/27 = 81%
Relevant points of interest:
1) The UFC average takedown success rate is 45%. The UFC takedown defense success rate is 55%. GSP's takedown success rates are 75% offense and 85% defense.
2) All of Lyoto's takedowns come through leg trip and sweeps.
3) Of the 5 successful takedowns made on Lyoto, 4 have come through Judo type legs trips (Nakamura and Soko) and 1 (Hoger) was by way of a caught kick.
Lyoto has not had a kick caught since that first fight. That makes for 72 minutes and 52 seconds in which he has fought that he hasn't had a kick caught.
4) Lyoto has never been taken down with traditional wrestling (double legs, single legs etc). Ortiz tried 8. Hoger tried 4. Heath tried two. Silva tried 2. None have been successful.
Lyoto is one of greatest TD and TDD fighters in MMA today. His Takedowns and Takedown defense are often overlooked by many. Even after he slipped against Shogun, Rua wasn't able to get him down!
Lyoto is by far one of the best in this aspect of MMA!