Although Chinzo Machida is pushing 40, the featherweight isn’t concerned about his age, as he gets set for his seventh pro-bout tonight at Bellator 170.
Machida is booked to face Jamar Ocampo tonight on the undercard of Bellator 170 (which will be streamed on Spike). The fight will be the Brazilian’s second with Bellator, as Machida quickly stopped Mario Navarro last August at Bellator 160. Machida, who is the older brother of the legendary Lyoto Machida, made his pro debut way back in 2005. But, the Karate black belt only fought three times through 2010.
In advance of his fight tonight, Chinzo spoke with Bloody Elbow, and he had this to say about his age / experience:
“I got a lot of experience in my brother’s corner and karate tournaments, as karate competitions. I’m still young in MMA but I’m older, like 39 years old to start an MMA career. But I don’t worry about my age so far because I feel very confident, I feel fast, I feel strong. I feel good with my partners during the training so that makes me feel comfortable inside of the cage.”
Fair enough. If you’ve watched Machida fight, then you know he certainly hasn’t looked short on speed and or power. It will be interesting to see what unfolds today in his bout with Ocampo. If Machida can score another, highlight reel win, then a main card, high profile bout will likely be next for him.
Machida was also asked about Lyoto, who is currently serving an 18 month suspension from USADA. Chinzo said he expects his brother will return to the Octagon in September or October.
Bellator 170 will take place at the Forum in Inglewood, California.