Machida will try to take back the UFC light heavyweight title when he meets Jon Jones in the main event of UFC 140 tonight from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Jones-Machida can only be seen live on pay-per-view.
In the eyes of Couture, who has studied and broken down film on fighters for several years, “The Natural” believes “Bones” will have a challenge in Machida.
“I don’t think it’ll be a walkover,” said Couture, in a recent interview with ESPN. “I don’t think Jon will blow Machida’s doors off, but Jon does have everything firing for him right now. If Jon can get his hands on Machida, he can take him down and it will be interesting to see how Lyoto deals with being under a guy like Jon.”
“I certainly don’t thing Jon’s going to have an easy time of it catching up with him. He’s elusive, he’s a great athlete, he’s a tremendous counter-fighter and he has a lot of interesting tools,” the UFC Hall of Fame fighter concluded.
Jones has taken out former champions Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson already this year, while Machida is 1-2 in his last three fights, having suffered losses to both those very men.
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MMATraining Take: Machida has added muscle for this bout, and he will need it to contend with the power of Jones. If “The Dragon” can avoid being held down by “Bones,” he will have a chance to use his elusiveness to avoid any big strikes.