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Lyoto Machida: An Excellent Defensive Grappler



Believe it or not, Lyoto Machida is also an excellent pure grappler. The picture above was taken just after his win over Pan Am Champion Rafael Lavato, Jr. just two years ago. Granted, this "fight" took place at LA Sub X, an organization that adopts some strange rules that actually gives defensive grapplers a little extra help (Couture essentially survived against Jacare, but the bout was ruled a draw). Nevertheless, even to survive or draw Lavato is impressive and evidence of the considerable skill Machida possesses.


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