Posted by kingsmasher
In all honesty...Machida would have a better shot beating Brock Lesner...Machida is about to get that ass whooped in all facets off MMA...
You cant be a counter puncher against a guy with a significant reach advantage...
No offense bro, but clearly you don't train.
Counter punching is the best way to negate a reach advantage. Reach is the most effective when you're moving back. That way you can dictate the distance such that the guy chasing you can't hit you while you CAN hit him (because you have longer arms.) When a tall fighter has to move forward he loses his reach advantage (trust me, I'm 6'5 and I'm not gonna chase a guy under any circumstances.)
As to the thread author, I sorta answered your question as well.
Machida is getting this shot because he is the best challenge for Jon Jones. Stylistically Jones could have a lot of problems with Machida for two reasons:
1) Machida is a counter puncher and has very good foot-work/in-and-out movement. He is going to be the most interesting striking challenge that Jones has faced so far. If things go as Machida plans, Jones will be chasing him and Machida will be choosing when to engage. If he can leap in, land a strike, and get out with out getting hit, Jones will be in for a long night. Machida is also an excellent kicker.
2) Machida has excellent take down defense, great offensive take downs, and a black belt in BJJ.
I'm with Pookie on this one and that +2 underdog bonus makes Machida a very tempting pick.
The only reason people are counting him out is because MMA fan's are fickle hype-train riders.