Lyoto Machida will look to get back into the title hunt with another win in the UFC light heavyweight division.

Lyoto Machida will look to get back into the title hunt with another win in the UFC light heavyweight division.

Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida is one of the most unique fighters in the history of mixed martial arts. He has a 19-3 career record and for a while, was believed to be invincible inside the Octagon. While three fighters have proven that he is beatable, Machida is still one of the best competitors in the UFC light heavyweight division and could soon be primed for another run at the title. Who has Machida defeated under the UFC banner, who has gotten the best of him, and what is next for the former UFC light heavyweight champion?

Machida won the first three fights of his UFC career in uneventful fashion, claiming unanimous decision victories in each. It wasn’t until Machida got an Arm Triangle Choke win against Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou that fans and the promotion began to take notice of the potential he had. In his next fight, he matched up with longtime champion Tito Ortiz and picked up another unanimous decision win.

At UFC 94, his next fight was against Thiago Silva and at 4:59 of the first round, Machida got the knockout win. This victory sent Machida directly into a title shot with Rashad Evans. In the second round, Machida won the title with another KO and would go on to defend the title once against Mauricio Rua. He would drop the title to Rua in an immediate rematch and then lose a split decision ruling against Quinton Jackson.

After losing two straight, he fought UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture and got the win via spectacular KO, setting up a title shot against Jon Jones. Jones won via technical submission and let Machida’s unconscious body fall to the mat. Machida went on to win his next two fights against Ryan Bader and Dan Henderson, putting him where he stands today. The Dragon’s next opponent will probably be upstart Alexander Gustafsson in a fight that will determine who gets the next crack at Jones and the UFC title.