Lyoto Machida www.badboy.com "Karate is my back ground"
Take a look into his training with Olympic Judo Gold Medalist Satoshi Ishii, his Father Shotokan Karate Master Yoshizo Machida, and the rest of his team. Is this the start of Karate into UFC and MMA?
Note from Dazblog: I have posted these video to open your eyes to Karate.
Its strange many martial artists don't rate Karate due to UFC and BJJ being so main stream. Unfortunately without UFC I don't think we would have known BJJ? Many years ago one martial art was all you needed, Shotokan Karate was mine, I started when I was 7 years old and it has never let me down. I don't look at it as a sport, it is far too dangerous, hence its main competition was semi or none contact, those are just words, Karate competition over the year must be by far the most damaging, the skill of the sport is to actually try to not strike your opponent. I laugh, because hitting someone via karate is very easy. The only down side is that many Karate teachers in the west only teach the 'sport type' Karate, not the real deal. Shotokan with its rigid long stance is not practical in competition or in the ring, but used correctly it is by far the most devastating to disable someone. Whereas Kyokushinkai Karate in Japan is great in the ring and has competed very successfully against Muay Thai. Daz.
The rules of Kyokushinkai suit Muay Thai, take a look...Yes the bull story is true!