Lyoto Machida
NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 18: Lyoto Machida of Brazil looks on against Luke Rockhold in their middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Prudential Center on April 18, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

5 Things You Should Know About Lyoto Machida

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When they sit down to write the history of mixed martial arts someday, Lyoto Machida figures to hold down a prominent place. “The Dragon” will lock horns with Chael Sonnen in the Bellator 222 co-headliner on Friday at Madison Square Garden in New York. There, he can move one step closer to challenging for a Bellator MMA championship. Machida, 41, made his organizational debut at Bellator 213 on Dec. 15, 2018, as he eked out a split decision over former middleweight titleholder Rafael Carvalho and extended his winning streak to three fights. He has not posted four straight victories since he started his professional MMA career 16-0.

As Machida makes final preparations for his battle with Sonnen, here are five things you should know about him:

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