Lyoto Machida vs. Gegard Mousasi II – Statistical Breakdown

This Saturday, September 28,  Bellator MMA brings an action packed card to California live on DAZN.

One of the most intriguing fights on the card lies a Middleweight rematch between a former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida and former Bellator Middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi.

Both men competed against each other at UFC Fight Night 36 in Machida’s home country of Brazil. They competed all five rounds of their main event bout and the victor was decided by the judges who bestowed Machida with the win. We look at the numbers behind these two fighters to determine who is most likely to come away with the victory come Saturday night.

Lyoto Machida

Age: 41

Day of Birth: May 30, 1978

Height: 6’1

Reach: 74 inches

Born: Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Fighting out of: Los Angeles, California

Head Coach: Rafael Cordeiro

Gym: Blackhouse MMA

Record: 26-8 (2-0 in Bellator MMA)

Career Disclosed Earnings: $1,940,000 USD

Notable wins: Randy Couture, Tito Ortiz, Rashad Evans, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Ryan Bader, Dan Henderson, Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen

 

Accolades

  • Ultimate Fighting Championship
    • UFC Light Heavyweight champion (One time)
    • One successful title defense.
    • Knockout of the Night (Four times)
      • Thiago Silva (UFC 94)
      • Rashad Evans (UFC 98)
      • Randy Couture (UFC 129)
      • Mark Munoz (UFC Fight Night 30)
    • Fight of the Night (Three times)
      • vs. Jon Jones (UFC 140)
      • vs. Gegard Mousasi (UFC Fight Night 36)
      • vs. Chris Weidman (UFC 175)
    • Performance of the Night (Two times)
      • C.B Dolloway (UFC Fight Night 58)
      • Vitor Belfort (UFC 224)
  • Sherdog
    • Knockout of the Year (UFC 129 vs. Randy Couture)

 

Statistics

11 career knockouts

2 career submissions

16-8 record with the UFC

7-4 record as a Middleweight

17-4 record as a Light Heavyweight

Third most knockdowns in UFC history (13)

Tied for second most knockdowns landed in a fight (3)

Third most Knockout of the Night bonuses in UFC history

2.59 Significant strikes landed/ minute

53% striking accuracy

1.57 strikes absorbed/ minute

61% striking defense

1.21 takedowns landed per 15 minutes

65% takedown accuracy

75% takedown defense accuracy

 

Fun Facts

BJJ Black Belt (since October 2010) under Walter Broca

Professional debut: May 2003

Popped for taking 7-Keto-DHEA, a USADA banned substance.

Suspended for 18 months by USADA from April 2016 – October 2017

Has also competed for K-1 kickboxing, WFA (World Fighting Alliance)

 

Injury pullouts

Never pulled from a fight due to injury

Gegard Mousasi

Age: 34

Birthday: August 1, 1985

Height: 6’2

Reach: 76 inches

Born: Tehran, Iran

Fighting out of: Leiden, Netherlands

Record: 45-7 (3-1 in Bellator)

Gym: Team Jurojin

Career Disclosed Earnings: $937,000 USD

Notable Wins: Hecotr Lombard, Melvin Manhoef, Mark Hunt, Renato Sobral, Ovince Saint Preux, Dan Henderson, Thiago Santos, Uriah Hall, Vitor Belfort, Chris Weidman, Rory Macdonald

 

Accolades

  • PRIDE Fighting Championship
    • Pride 2006 Welterweight Grand Prix participant
    • 2-1 record
  • DREAM
    • DREAM Light Heavyweight champion
      • One successful defense
    • DREAM Middleweight champion
      • One successful defense
    • DREAM 2008 Middleweight Grand Prix winner
    • 9-0 record
  • Strikeforce
    • Strikeforce Light Heavyweight champion
    • 4-1, 1 NC record
  • Ultimate Fighting Championship
    • Fight of the Night
      • vs. Lyoto Machida (UFC Fight Night 39)
    • Performance of the Night
      • Mark Munoz (UFC Fight Night 41)
      • Dan Henderson (UFC on FOX 14)
      • Thiago Santos (UFC 200)
    • 12-4 record inside the promotion
  • Bellator MMA
    • Bellator Middleweight champion
      • One successful defense

 

Statistics

26 wins via knockout/tko

12 wins via submission

7-3 in fights that go to a judge’s decision

9-4 in five round fights

3.75 Significant strikes landed/ minute

50% striking accuracy

1.21 strikes absorbed/ minute

68% striking defense

1.59 takedowns landed per 15 minutes

60% takedown accuracy

59% takedown defense accuracy

 

Fun Facts

Judo Black Belt

Never popped for a banned substance

Never pulled from a fight due to injury

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Nick Peralta

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