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Lyoto Machida and the Revenge of Karate

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MMAcca

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Saturday, Lyoto Machida may well wind up finishing what Minoki Ichihara started.

Ichihara, if not the pioneering karateka to step into a mixed-rules ring, was certainly the first to do it for the benefit of a television satellite truck. An elite daido juku fighter in Japan -- a hybrid of judo and kyokushin karate -- Ichihara admitted himself in the 16-man draw of the second Ultimate Fighting Championship in March 1994.

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Post #1   5/18/09 1:23:33PM   

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It’s a blend of technique that’s had answers for everyone from Rich Franklin (good striker with Western sensibilities) to Thiago Silva (jiu-jitsu, aggression) to Tito Ortiz (power, power, power).


Good stuff.

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Good story. I a picking Machida by decision unless Rashad connects with an "uppercut from h*ll"

Post #3   5/18/09 11:17:20PM