Rumble Exclusive: Lyoto Machida Interview

Chad Dundas, who writes for SN's fight blog, The Rumble, conducted the interview below.
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↵The last couple of weeks before what is arguably the biggest fight of his career, the champ can be a hard man to find. ↵
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↵When I finally tracked down Lyoto Machida it was via email, with ↵manager Ed Soares and assistant Derek Kronig Lee acting as translators. ↵The undefeated UFC light heavyweight champion turned out to be a man of ↵few words. I guess I can't blame him - he's got a lot on his mind right ↵now. ↵
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↵Here, Machida answers my questions about his first title defense ↵against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua this weekend at UFC 104, the pressures of ↵being champion and why some fighters find it so difficult to make the ↵jump from competing in Japan to fighting in America. ↵
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↵Chad Dundas: How are your preparations for UFC 104 coming? Are you doing anything special to prepare for Shogun? ↵
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↵Lyoto Machida: I have created a strategy based on Shogun, other than that my training has remained the same. ↵
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↵CD: What do you expect from him in your fight? How are you game-planning to stop what he might bring? ↵
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↵LM: I have a clear mind right now, I am not thinking of what he ↵will do. I am only thinking about what I will do on Saturday night.
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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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