CB Dollaway’s best chance at victory was to close the distance, make it dirty, and break down Lyoto Machida in the later rounds.
For Machida, a win for his opponent would’ve marked the end of his reign amongst the best of MMA. Plenty of his old rivals have done so, and this has led his own longevity to be called into question.
The Karate and BJJ black belt proved that this is still his time, demolishing Dollaway with a picturesque knockout.
A swift kick to the ribcage was what truly enervated CB Dollaway. The brawny middleweight simply wasn’t able to stand to the shot as Machida poached and soon was granted his comeback win.
The official time of the stoppage came at just over a minute, 1:02, into round one.
With that remarkable performance, where does Lyoto Machida go next?
After defeating Dollaway, he did state in the post-fight interview that he was eyeing a title shot. Who isn’t these days? He’s leaving it up to Dana White to map his future. Now, that is a high-quality interview answer.
We do know that he is a threat to anyone in the cage. After that win, everyone knows that Machida is still a horse in the middleweight title race. Still, nobody knows what the landscape will look like in a year’s time.
Former Machida conqueror Chris Weidman, Vitor Belfort, as well as top contender Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza all have something to settle before they find themselves available. That will carry us to the autumn of 2015.
By the time that comes around, it shouldn’t be a hard sell to put Machida against Weidman, Souza, or even Belfort. So long as he keeps winning. Sincerely, I cannot see anyone besides that trio actually troubling Machida — so, one would expect him to keep on winning.
Lyoto Machida, 36, performs to his very capacity every time — to the appeasement of most MMA fans, who expect nothing less. Machida’s explosiveness, all the while demonstrating the finer arts of honor and showmanship, make him likeable. For that reason, as long as chooses to fight on, savor it. “The Dragon” is the only one of its kind.