Lyoto Machida’s father Yoshizo has been speaking to sherdog.com as his son awaits word on who his next opponent will be and when he will next return to the octagon.
Regarding his son’s first loss as a professional fighter against Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua at UFC 113, Yoshizo states his belief that, “the pressure got to his head.”
“It’s difficult to make a career of winning all the time,” he muses.
Later in the interview Yoshizo admits that after seeing Lyoto knocked out for the first time in his career that he’d prefer him to retire.
“I already said that he better not fight anymore, but I didn’t say it to him. I have expressed this desire just to my wife and his brothers. He doesn’t want to (retire) and says that he still has many challenges .”
He goes on to reveal that the former light-heavyweight champions aim is to continue fighting until he is 35 (he is currently 32).
Machida is currently training extensively with his Black House team-mate Anderson Silva and has said he want’s a tough fight for his return to the cage later this year.
Watch the full interview with Yoshizo Machida below.