Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida may have hit some rough times as of late as he nears what will likely be the tail end of a historic career, but that doesn’t take away from his accomplishments over the years.
Using a Karate based style, “The Dragon” has proved himself to be a different kind of striker, and a difficult puzzle to solve.
Machida owns wins over former champions in Tito Ortiz, Rashad Evans, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, and Randy Couture, and is a former light heavyweight champion himself.
He was able to knockout Evans at UFC 98 to win the title, then defended it against Rua at UFC 104. Although his title reign didn’t last long, Machida’s resume speaks for itself, and due to that, he has earned himself a spot on this list.