Lyoto Machida: Fighter of the Half Year

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emfleek
7/1/09 8:34:23AM
The year is half over, and we're recognizing the best in MMA in the first six months of 2009. Up first is our Fighter of the Half Year, Lyoto Machida.

Heading into 2009, there were still a lot of MMA fans who ripped Machida as the kind of fighter who would rather avoid a fight than engage in one. Not many people are saying that after a half year in which Machida knocked out two previously undefeated fighters, Thiago Silva and Rashad Evans.

The win over Silva at UFC 94 gave us a good look at Machida's punching power, and the brutal knockout of Evans showed that Machida has the kind of killer instinct that great fighters need. Machida, so far, has been the best fighter of 2009.

Here are some of the runners-up for Fighter of the Half Year:

Mike Brown: The World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight champ is 2-0 in 2009, with a first-round destruction of Leonard Garcia in March and an epic five-round war with Urijah Faber in June.

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prozacnation1978
7/1/09 6:43:47PM
i gotta go with diego sanchez right now
CwB
7/1/09 6:59:47PM
And the mma community tightens its grip on machida's nuts...
warglory
7/1/09 10:18:42PM

Posted by prozacnation1978

i gotta go with diego sanchez right now



As fighter of the year? What has he done to warrant that?
Jackelope
7/1/09 10:37:35PM

Posted by CwB

And the mma community tightens its grip on machida's nuts...



At least in this case it's well deserved.
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