LOS ANGELES (AP) — While the rest of Lyoto Machida's lunch party digs into steaks and cheesecake, he eats from a small plastic container of vegetables and pasta.
Machida doesn't mind. It's no small thing to drop 20 pounds as a mixed martial artist, and the Brazilian veteran believes he'll get the payoff for his sacrifices at UFC 175.
Machida has won and lost a UFC championship belt during his lengthy career, and he moved down from light heavyweight to middleweight in his quest to win another title.
Machida (21-4) takes on middleweight champion Chris Weidman in the main event at UFC 175 in Las Vegas on Saturday night, headlining the promotion's biggest event of the summer. Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey also faces Alexis Davis on the card in the UFC's hometown.