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Shawn Tompkins' Lyoto Machida Game Plan: Learn Karate Timing, Wrestle

Now that Lyoto Machida is the UFC light heavyweight champion, no one is quite sure what the right game plan would be to beat him. But Shawn Tompkins, the head coach at Xtreme Couture, says he has an idea.

"I've got two plans if any of my fighters ever fight Lyoto Machida," Tompkins told Cofield and Cokin on ESPN Radio1100 in Las Vegas. "First of all, I'm going to go to three of the best karate schools in the area, get their best guys, and work that timing. Because that's all it is: He has a different timing than everybody else. And secondly, you need to be a wrestler. You need to be chest-to-chest with that guy, and you need to be either pressing him against the cage or putting him on his back."

I think Tompkins gets it basically right: I don't think there's any doubt that Machida's ascension has forced everyone in MMA to re-think karate, and I'm sure anyone who fights Machida in the future will find some karate black belts to spar with. And I think a wrestler who could take Machida down would have a decent chance of beating him. Easier said than done, of course, but if you're looking for the path to beating Machida, that's the way to do it.

Via Cage Writer.