In anticipation of the toughest test in his career, Lyoto Machida has recruited the services of Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal to help him prepare for UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones.
Although Jones has mostly utilized his unmatched reach advantage and diversified standup attack in recent fights, his background is in wrestling. Jones has never been put on his back inside the Octagon, so it’s unlikely Machida will be the first to lead him there.
However, if that’s the game plan Machida intends to employ, who better to assist than a former NCAA wrestling champion? Machida is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt, so he’s certainly not afraid to go the the ground.
At the same time, King Mo is likely there to help him more with his wrestling defense than his offense. Machida rode his elusive standup attack to the championship circle once before, so it’s possible Jones will look to plant him on the canvas to eliminate that threat from the equation.
On a side note, there were reports Machida had packed on 25 pounds of muscle to his frame. It’s tough to tell from the picture above, but it does appear he’s dropped his body fat percentage in favor of adding more rips to his physique.
Machida challenges Jones for his 205-pound crown at UFC 140. The Air Canada Centre in Toronto will host the December 10th event.