I remember when he was much more effective his posture was better he landed more and a lot more elusive. I think training at king's mma was bad for him. It made him more fan friendly instead of effective. I mean he can still destroy cans but not the elite. Here is a difference between then and now 1. Machida has his lead side pointed at the center line of Thiago Silva. 2. Thiago, thinking he has the advantageous angle, throws a straight right. Lyoto hop-steps back and to his left. 3. Having secured an inside angle, Lyoto throws a left hand that gets blocked. 4. Thiago attempts to counter with a stepping left kick, but Machida throws a shift punch, stepping through with his left foot as he throws a right straight that drops Silva. Now he is more aggressive instead of his old passive aggressive style. Also his defense has gone down a lot because of this. Even though his takedown defense has gone from the 80s to the 70s. This may seem not like much but it is. The machida of yesteryear would have been a much more dangerous opponent to roidmaster romero, cockhold and The Chris.