Former 12-time national karate champion and featherweight hopeful Chinzo Machida (1-2) is a young man on a mission.
After living in the shadows of his brother and former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, Chinzo has decided he wants to be his own man in the world of MMA when he makes his Resurrecting Fighting Championships debut on Oct. 25 at RFC 10.
In Chinzo’s debut, he will meet Muay Thai stylist Justin Houston at the Hy-Vee Hall at Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa.
“I’ve been training hard for a long time,” Machida told MMAFighting.com. “I did my preparation in Bela, Brazil but now I’m going to Manchester with Lyoto. After his fight [with Mark Munoz] I’ll finish my preparation.
“I’ve seen [Houghton’s] fights already,” Machida continued. “He’s a muay Thai fighter, likes to stand and fight, but I couldn’t see how his ground game is. It’s an MMA Fight. Maybe I’ll have the opportunity to take him down and I don’t see any problems with that but I want to fight him standing.”
After witnessing Sergio Pettis follow his brother Anthony to the UFC, Chinzo is hopeful that he can repeat the same fate. Chinzo knows that he’s not going to get preferential treatment off the Machida name, so he jacked up his training in the hopes that the UFC brass will eventually come calling.