The curse of the book launch strikes again!  Firstly it was BJ Penn who’s ‘Why I Fight – The Belt Is Just An Accessory’ biography was released just two days after he lost his lightweight title to Frankie Edgar at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi.

Now it’s Lyoto Machida’s turn.  The former champion’s ‘Machida-Do Mixed Martial Arts Techniques’ book published by Victory Belt was launched today and is available in all good book stores. 

Rather unfortunate timing I’m sure you’ll agree considering he’s just suffered a first round knockout defeat at the hands of Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua on Saturday night, his first professional loss.

No doubt such a result could have some kind of adverse effect on the sales of the book, which looks at Machida’s own interpretation of traditional karate techniques for use in modern mixed martial arts, as people jump on the Shogun bandwagon instead.

One loss doesn’t make an entire style of fighting redundant though. Machida is still one of the best fighters in the world at 205lbs, and his movement, timing and counter-striking are world-class.

In my opinion there’s still a lot that fighters can learn from Machida’s methods, and despite his loss this instructional is still well worth getting a hold of if your interested in any capacity in MMA techniques.