Lyoto Machida Plans to Retire at 35, Daddy Machida Prefers Now

Written by Tom Ngo
July 7th, 2010

UFC Light Heavyweight ChampLyoto Machida and Father

Despite convincing his son there’s nothing like a good ‘ol cup of self-brewed urine to kick-off his mornings, former UFC light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida has turned a deaf ear to his father’s whispers for retirement.

“I already said that he should not fight anymore, but I didn’t say it to him,” Yoshizo Machida told Sherdog.com. “I have expressed this desire just to my wife and his brothers.”

Although Sr. Machida ignited “The Dragon’s” competitive fire at an early age, he believes that 32 is the ideal number to call it quits. Junior does not concur.

“He doesn’t want to retire and says he still has many challenges,” said Yoshizo. “According to [Lyoto], 35 is a good age to stop.

“I think that up to 35 is still possible, but after that it starts getting tricky. With my experience as an athlete, I think that the efficiency will not be the same after that.”

UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell and former Pride champ Wanderlei Silva posted a couple of the longest 205-pound championship runs in recent mixed martial arts history. The former Octagon king was 37-years-old before begrudgingly launching his “Lights Out Liddell” tour in 2007, and Wandy was tearing up the Orient at the tender age of 27 before flaming out three years after.

You make the call.

“As a parent, I think he just realized his dream – that was to become the world champion – and it would be good for him to stop. On the other hand, after being defeated, it becomes more challenging and he wants to prove himself even more,” Machida-san stated.

No word on when Machida will return to put his 16-1 record on the line. However, they are ready to throw down NOW if the BatPhone were to start ringing.

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