In the first episode of 2017, we are joined by Professor Lyoto Machida. A lifelong martial artsist, BJJ black belt and Brazilian National Sumo champion, Lyoto talks about training in Japan, his long undefeated streak, his current suspension and meditation. Click “Read More” for show notes!

  • Growing up in a Japanese/Brazilian community
  • The various martial arts he was exposed to growing up
  • Learning from his father
  • The importance of understanding the philosophy of martial arts
  • Competing in Sumo, becoming a national Sumo champion
  • How Sumo helped him in MMA
  • The reason he chose to pursue MMA
  • Traveling to Thailand as a young man to learn Muay Thai
  • The impact Mr. Antonio Inoki had on his life and career
  • Training in Japan / Training with Professional Wrestlers
  • ¬†Being a Japanese/Brazilian among full blooded Japanese people
  • His first introduction to Antonio Inoki
  • His first MMA fight in 2003
  • Why Antonio Inoki slapped him in the face 3 times after his first fight
  • The importance of remaining calm and collected in a fight
  • The benefits of meditation for all martial artists
  • The 3 different kinds of meditation that the Japanese practice
  • His intro to BJJ
  • Training with Ryron & Rener Gracie
  • Training with Professor Allan Goes
  • Analysis of his long undefeated streak in MMA
  • Analysis of his fighting style
  • Are pure martial artists a dying breed in MMA?
  • Being a master of one style vs being a jack of all trades
  • Winning UFC gold
  • Dealing with fame and fans
  • Dealing with his first loss and the value that came with it
  • His current suspension by the USADA
  • Pro Grappling tournaments
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