Posted by Khaos
I think Forrest had a good chance against him, and I'd like to see him fight Shogun, ya know, for the hell of it.
I love Forrest, but I just don't see how he could deal with Lyoto. No disrespect to Forrest of course, but a couple reasons why I think so-
1) He's not as fast as Rashad, and you saw how easily Lyoto dodged both leg kicks and punches from Rashad.
2) Forrest isn't known for his phenomenal chin, and thankfully people now realize that Machida has KO power. He just knows when to pull the trigger and when not to
3) Forrest gets emotional during fights, and Machida is a master of patience
4) Forrest has struggled in the clinch, and Machida attacks with trips and strikes early and often when clinched up
Again, I'm not trying to bash Forrest here- I'm just pointing out some factors. I made a post on here a while back explaining that Rashad, to me, poses Machida the biggest threat at LHW right now. We saw how easily he dealt with that, though. I've also mentioned the fact that Machida's style is just so far beyond anyone else in the UFC at LHW. In order to beat Machida someone is going to have to adapt their game into something I haven't seen before. I thought a master game planner like Greg Jackson may have a few tricks up his sleeve, but I guess that didn't prove true.
Someone will have to try something like screwing up Machida's timing a la Keith Jardine style fighting. I can't see that happening any time soon, and I don't mean to say that Keith Jardine can beat him, either. The dude is just a straight up puzzle. No better way to put it.
BTW- for any of you interested in traditional martial arts: The old Karate vs. Kung Fu argument in a way was solved by Bruce Lee, and that may apply here. He knew that when facing a Karate practicioner Kung Fu's trapping techniques wouldn't work because Karate fighters moved too much. When Bruce Lee developed the way of the intercepting fist it was a good answer to Karate's in and out attacks. So, if a fighter who has excellent timing, excellent speed, and incredible reaction time can develop a JKD style offense, we may find the answer to Machida's puzzle. Unfortunately Machida seems to have developed all of those on the offensive side of his Karate base, too. So we'll see what happens