Is Tonight Machida’s Last Stand?

Is Tonight Machida’s Last Stand?

first_imgJon Linekar vs Marlon Vera – Linekar                           EM Picks = Linekar Thiago Santos vs Jack Hermansson – Hermansson  EM Picks = HermanssonFrancisco Trinaldo vs Jim Miller – Trinaldo               EM Picks = MillerPedro Munhoz vs Rob Font – Munhoz                           EM Picks = FontDemian Maia vs Colby Covington – Maia                      EM Picks = Covington Derek Brunson vs Lyoto Machida – Brunson              EM Picks = Brunson  Related Topics After a long career with many ups and downs, including once being considered as one of the top pound for pound fighters in the world, it all may be over for Lyoto Machida after tonight as he takes on Derek Brunson in the FS1 Fight Night main event.Machida was an undefeated World Champion in the UFC Light Heavyweight Division as recently as of May of 2010.  No one could touch his Karate style or figure it out, which led to a 16-0 record.  It would all come crashing down on the strength of one right hand from Shogun Rua.The loss resulted in his title being taken away, and he has never been the same as that once magical style of his, is now pedestrian.  Since being 16-0 and champion, Machida has gone 6 and 7 and looked like a shell of himself.  He failed to adapt and the results have proven that.  He hasn’t won a match since 2014 and hasn’t competed in the cage since June of 2015.  A brutal knockout loss to Yoel Romero.The man looking to put Machida out of the sport for good tonight is Derek Brunson.  He bounced back from a robbery loss by the judges to Anderson Silva, to knockout Dan Kelly in brutal fashion back in June in the first round.Brunson is a hungry up and comer currently ranked 7th in the UFC Light Heavyweight Standings.  At 17-5 he is one big win away from cracking the top five in the division, Saturday night in Brazil can be, and I believe will be his night.It is a loaded main card with six main big fights on it.Here are my full picks below.center_img Vince McKeelast_img

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