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Lyoto
Machida
would like nothing more than to thumb his nose at
Father Time yet again.

The former
Ultimate Fighting Championship
light heavyweight titleholder
will lock horns with Fabian
Edwards
in the Bellator
281
co-headliner on Friday at The SSE Arena in London. Machida
steps back into the spotlight on the heels of three straight
losses. “The Dragon” last appeared at Bellator 256, where he
dropped a five-round unanimous decision to Ryan Bader on
April 9, 2021. Edwards, meanwhile, finds himself on a two-fight
losing streak. He last competed on May 21, when he wound up on the
wrong side of a unanimous verdict against Austin
Vanderford
at Bellator 259.

As Machida and Edwards move ever closer to their confrontation at
185 pounds, a look at some of the numbers that have accompanied
them to this point:

43: Years of age for Machida, who was born on May
30, 1978 in Salvador, Brazil.

11: Machida wins by knockout or technical
knockout, accounting for 42% of his career total (26). His list of
victims includes Chael
Sonnen
, Vitor
Belfort
, Ryan Bader,
Randy
Couture
, Rashad
Evans
and Rich
Franklin
. Machida holds two other wins by submission and 13
more by decision.

80: Rounds completed by Machida as a professional
mixed martial artist. He has gone the distance on 19 different
occasions and carries a 13-6 record in those bouts.

62: Seconds needed for Machida to cut down
C.B.
Dollaway
with a body kick and follow-up punches in the UFC
Fight Night 58 main event on Dec. 10, 2014. Having occurred more
than seven years ago, it remains his fastest finish to date.

262: Combined victories between the 10
opponents—Bader, Phil Davis
(twice), Gegard
Mousasi
, Derek
Brunson
, Yoel Romero,
Luke
Rockhold
, Chris
Weidman
, Jon Jones,
Quinton
Jackson
and Mauricio
Rua
—who have beaten Machida. They boast a cumulative .775
winning percentage (262-73-3).

29: Years of age for Edwards, who was born in
Birmingham, England, on March 24, 1993.

3: Edwards wins by submission, accounting for 33%
of his career total (nine). His methods of choice: two rear-naked
chokes and one armbar. Edwards owns three other wins by knockout or
technical knockout and three more by decision.

902: Days since Edwards last paid a visit to
victory lane. He has followed his split decision over Mike
Shipman
on Nov. 23, 2019 with back-to-back losses.

5: Consecutive calendar years in which Edwards has
fought at least once. He went 3-0 in 2017, 2-0 in 2018, 4-0 in
2019, 0-1 in 2020 and 0-1 in 2021.

.889: Cumulative winning percentage between the
two opponents—Vanderford and Costello
van Steenis
—who have defeated Edwards. They sport a combined
record of 24-3.


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