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MMA And Its Athletes Continue To Evolve

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I'm about to be Machida'ed and Shogun'ed out, but after processing all that has happened in the aftermath of UFC 104 I found this to be the most interesting.  I wrote about possible storylines to be on the lookout for prior to UFC 104.  I wrote:

Of course this is the main event of the evening with the UFC LHW title on the line.  How will the former #1 LHW in the world fare against the current #1 LHW fighter in the world is the question going into the bout.  However, afterwards we could be praising the likes of the re-birth of the 2005 version of Shogun Rua, or we could be wondering if there's anyone out there left that could defeat Lyoto Machida.


Not only have we been praising Shogun's performance and re-birth of sorts, we now know that Machida's style is vulnerable to specific game plans..  Beforehand, it was the Machida era and most of us thought that nobody was going to be able to figure out a game plan that would solve the Machida puzzle for a long time.  Machida has 8 fights in the UFC, but only half of those fights are against what I would call quality opponents with a legitimate shot at beating him(if you count a broke down game half-way passed him by Tito Ortiz).  

So in a sense, it only took 3 fights for someone to develop an effective game plan to combat Machida karate.  Who knew that Machida's wide karate stance would be vulnerable to leg kicks and kicks to the body?  That's the game of MMA.  It kind of reminds me of NFL defenses in football.  If an offense comes up with certain plays that are really effective, it's not long before the defense finds a suitable solution and MMA is no different.  On the flip side of this, how will the UFC light heavyweights evolve to combat the 2009 verion of Shogun's muay thai?  Maybe we'll get to see more evolution as Machida prepares another gameplan for the Shogun re-match?