Just like his teammate Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida trains with 7th degree Aikido black belt and action movie star Steven Segal. Now Steven Seagal’s philosophy when it comes to fighting is that its to the death. If he’s in a fight with you, he is in it to kill you or at the very least incapacitate you so that you will never be able to bother him again. Period.
Not sure how well that kind of training translates into the MMA cage. Maybe its more of the attitude – winning at all costs – that Machida is picking up on.
It’s an interesting insight into what a fighter needs, what he seeks out before a match to give him the edge to win.