"This is a big fight for Machida," White said. "He's going in at [185 pounds] for the first time, against Munoz, who is ranked in the top five. A win here puts him in a real good position. He was starting to get in no man's land at 205."
White believes Machida has not fought as aggressively as he could have, worrying too much about defense than offense.
"He's too conservative," White said. "You go out against guys with that elusive, runaway style and it's never going to win you fights or fans. I would say that's more the reason."
Machida has fast hands, but he doesn't let them go nearly enough. Should Machida change up his counter-punching fighting style for his UFC Fight Night 30 bout against Mark Munoz?
Obviously that is the burning question that everyone has been talking about, but there's no clear answer.
Machida's defensive, counter-punching style helped him become a champion and a perennial contender in the UFC's light heavyweight division. On the other hand, his style turns a lot of fans off.
Machida says he's not too worried about it. He just wants to go out and perform at UFC Fight Night 30.
"I'm 35 years old now and I have more than 20 fights in my career and when I was young, I was desperate not to lose," Machida said prior to his UFC Fight Night 30 bout against Munoz. "Before I got the title, that was the one thing I was so worried about: Don't lose. I don't want a loss now, but it's different. Since I won the belt, I lost by submission, by knockout, decision, every part of the game.
"I've been around and I understand the business. At my age now, there is less pressure. There is always pressure to perform, but I don't worry about losing so much now. I just want to go out there and perform the best way that I can."
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