Former Light Heavyweight Champion Has Some Soul Searching To Do After Loss

Published on June 28th, 2015 7:29 pm EST

For the second time in his last two fights, Lyoto Machida was finished by his opponent.

Earlier this year, Machida was overwhelmed by Luke Rockhold, who demolished the former Light Heavyweight champion so badly that he ended up earning himself a shot at Chris Weidman's Middleweight title.

Machida elected to get right back to work and accepted a fight with Yoel Romero at last night's UFC Fight Night card in Florida. With just 2 1/2 months between fights, Machida was taking a risk by jumping right back into the Octagon.

After two rounds of fairly even fighting, Romero managed to secure a takedown on "The Dragon" and the fight was over a few short moments later. Romero blasted Machida with elbows to the head and "The Dragon" slumped to the canvas shortly after. For the second fight in a row, the elusive Machida had been finished.

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The sad fact is that Lyoto Machida has lost a step. This is not a surprise, given that Machida is 37 years of age.

In the past, Machida relied on his quick footwork and elusiveness to frustrate and eventually overwhelm his opponents. Well, with a step having been lost, Machida is suddenly looking human.

With his two straight losses, Machida is now far outside of the Middleweight title picture and will almost certainly never fight for a title again.

"The Dragon" has given us many incredible moments in the Octagon, but his best days look to be clearly behind him.


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