Lyoto Machida’s culinary passion fuels fighting fire ahead of MMA clash with Chael Sonnen

first_imgAt 41 and a veteran of professional mixed martial arts for 15-plus years, Lyoto Machida still loves to train. Every single aspect of it: from packing his gym bag to making the trek to his next session and putting in the actual work.“I enjoy every single moment of the journey,” Machida told Sporting News during Wednesday’s media day for Bellator 222, where he’ll face fellow MMA veteran Chael Sonnen in the co-headlining event at Madison Square Garden on Friday, live on DAZN. In addition to his fondness of training, Machida also fuels his fighting career with another passion: cooking.The former UFC champion first fell in love with cooking while suspended 18 months — from April 2016 to October 2017 — after admitting he used a banned substance in a drug test administered by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).Join DAZN and watch Bellator 222 on June 14“When I stayed out of fighting for almost two years, I tried to find something that I could enjoy more than my training,” Machida said. “I think it’s a way that I found to get involved more with my kids. They love when I make sukiyaki — it’s a Japanese dish with vegetables and meat.”Over time, “The Dragon” has been able to pinpoint similarities between culinary arts and mixed martial arts, adding that the former aids his elusive, karate-based style and overall fighting in the twilight of his career. View this post on Instagram That said, Machida minces no words about what he expects if he gets his hand raised over Sonnen.“I want the belt,” Machida said, with his sights set on Bellator heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader, whom the Brazilian knocked out in the UFC back in August 2012. “I’m not here to play around. I’ve been saying that since I signed with Bellator.”With ambition like that, it’s a good thing Machida has the culinary skills to fuel his fighting fire. Hobby nada mais é que um passatempo, uma ação, uma atividade que lhe traz prazer e satisfação. Eu, por exemplo, gosto muito de cozinhar! Isso mesmo. Sempre faço algumas receitas e me divirto na cozinha. Para mim é algo prazeroso e não tenho dúvidas de que influencia na minha qualidade de vida e no meu humor. Você tem um hobby? Então ao fazê-lo com frequência, perceberá um aumento no bem-estar conforme a tensão do dia a dia reduz. Agora é a sua vez, conta pra mim nos comentários qual o seu hobby! #tbt A hobby is a pastime, an activity that brings your pleasure and satisfaction. For instance, I really like to cook! That’s right, I always cook up some recipes and have fun in the kitchen, it’s something that I enjoy and I’m sure that it has an influence on my quality of life and mood. Do you have a hobby? If you do it often, you will notice an increase in your well-being as the daily tensions will be reduced. Now it’s your turn, tell me about your hobbies in the comments!A post shared by Lyoto Machida (@lyotomachidafw) on Apr 18, 2019 at 8:01am PDT“When you cook, you kind of find yourself,” Machida says. “You have your own moments. You cut the onion, you cut the tomato, you do everything on your own and you feel more concentrated and focused in a different style.“When you train in martial arts, you’re already in this stage,” he continues. “But when you cook, it’s more peaceful and you could get the same aspects (as training).”MORE: Bellator 222: Rory MacDonald explains clarity he found to continue fighting career“More peaceful” is not how you would describe promoting and entering a fight with the ever-opinionated Sonnen. But Machida (25-8) hasn’t found Sonnen (31-16-1) to be the trash-talking, venom-spewing fighter he usually is entering scraps with past opponents.“He’s so quiet now,” Machida says. “I’m not sure why.”Perhaps it’s partly because Machida counts victories over MMA greats like Gegard Mousasi, Ryan Bader, Dan Henderson, Randy Couture, Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz — to name a few.Machida has heard Sonnen say he wants to exact revenge on behalf of his Team Quest stablemates, Couture and Henderson — a motivational theme that “The American Gangster” continued running with on Wednesday.”I thought as a team, we got closer and closer, but that’s a tough puzzle to solve,” Sonnen told SN. “Machida’s got some very unique skills. He does stuff that other guys don’t do. If you’re one guy who runs through Team Quest, you’ve got quite the feather in your cap and he will deserve that … if he gets it done.”last_img read more

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Fantasy Football Podcast: Superflex mock draft breakdown

first_imgSuperflex and two-QB leagues are becoming more popular in fantasy football, but if you’ve never played in one, you might be wondering what the best draft strategy is and how a standard top-200 rankings translates. You also might be wondering why anyone would play in such a ridiculous format. I mean, they don’t play two QBs in real life, so…you know…whatever. If you belong in the former group, the latest episode of the Fantasy Football Show podcast is for you. We break down a recent superflex mock draft, highlighting the QB runs, the order in which players at other positions were drafted, and more.If you belong to the latter camp, you can hate-listen and mock us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy. Win/win. Sporting News Fantasy podcasts available on Youtube and SoundCloudFantasy Football Podcast: Superflex mock draft breakdownSEASON PREVIEW PODCASTS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2019 Fantasy Cheat SheetOur look at this superflex mock includes breaking down the team that drafted Andrew Luck and Baker Mayfield in the first two rounds (starts at 9:37), the relative value of Nick Chubb (12:44), how drafting Travis Kelce in the second round affects your draft strategy (13:54), what happens if you start your draft with Saquon Barkley, Kerryon Johnson, and Todd Gurley (15:43), how low is too low for Antonio Brown (18:05), how high is too high for Chris Godwin (23:35) and David Montgomery (29:00), which Rams receiver should be drafted first (34:30), whether you should take a third QB (36:46), Kyler Murray’s season outlook (40:51), which Chargers’ handcuff RB is better (43:48), the best-looking QB duo (50:58), and much more.last_img read more

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PL ‘will ban celebrations, shirt swapping and spitting’ amid coronavirus crisis

first_img5SPITTING, shirt swapping and team celebrations will be banned when Premier League football returns from the coronavirus blackout, it’s been claimed.The top flight is pushing ahead with plans to resume matches on June 12 in a bid to finish the season and avoid financial meltdown.⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updates5 Team celebrations will be banned when Premier League football returnsCredit: Getty Images – Getty5 Spitting will also be on the prohibited list as the League seeks to prevent anymore Covid-19 cases among playersCredit: Getty Images – Getty5 And the traditional shirt swap will also be outlawedCredit: PA:Press AssociationBut strict sanctions will be in place in a bid to prevent any new Covid-19 cases among players, according to the Telegraph.Stars will also be prohibited from sharing water bottles under measures to get football back under way.The new rules could be in place for up to 12 months as football chiefs desperately try to finish the season.On Sunday, the prime minister is expected to announce the easing of lockdown restrictions which the Prem hopes will be the first step on the road to sport returning.5A meeting is planned next week between the Premier League and the captains’ group to discuss detailed plans for the resumption of matches and training where the new rules will also apply.Club doctors have previously expressed fears about a return and these measures are said to be vital to any comeback.SunSport also exclusively revealed NINE Premier League clubs are ready to let stars duck out of Project Restart over concerns they will infect vulnerable loved ones.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himSunSport has discovered almost half of the 20 Prem sides now accept it is impossible to force stars back into action if they fear falling ill or infecting their family with Covid-19.The growing list includes teams fighting it out at both ends of the table — as club bosses finally start listening to players, who are scared about being rushed into scenarios they feel are unsafe.One source said: “If someone has a partner who’s pregnant, or close family who has cancer, how can we force them to play in those circumstances?” Simon Jordan says the Premier League are ‘trying to come back for one reason – money’last_img read more

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Playdate Is A New Video Game Handheld With A Crank

first_img Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits Making a new successful dedicated video game console these days is basically impossible if you aren’t Sony, Microsoft, or Nintendo. Remember the Ouya? The new owners of the one-time crowdfunded indie microconsole darling just announced that its whole storefront is shutting down next month and any games that require an online check will cease to function. Tough market.Publisher Panic 20 years of experience making Mac and iOS software, and they’ve helped out with acclaimed indie games like Firewatch and the upcoming Untitled Goose Game. But they’re hardly a huge name in the space. That’s why we were so surprised to learn they’re now making their own video game handheld, the Playdate. Even more surprising? The thing has a dang hand crank.The Playdate recalls memories of the original Game Boy, which just celebrated its 30th anniversary. The screen is wide but monochrome. It has a D-pad and two face buttons. And it comes in bright colors. But as retro as the Game Boy was, it didn’t have tech as old-school as an actual crank.AdChoices广告Granted, it’s a pretty slick crank. It folds neatly into the system when not in use to better fit in your pocket. And games will use it as an alternative analog stick. Spin the crank at different speeds in different directions to control your character. Try it out in Crankin’s Time Travel Adventure. You could totally make a boutique hipster WarioWare for this thing.Beyond its unique control scheme, Playdate will also be receiving its games in a unique way. Your purchase grants you access to a 12-game season with a new game arriving each week. These games come in a variety of genres with some promised to be quite substantial. And they come from esteemed weirdo developers like Keita Takahashi and Zach Gage and Bennett Foddy. If that sounds cool to you, pre-order Playdate now for $150 before it launches in early 2020. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Brett Favre is not coming to the Arizona Cardinals. At least that’s what his agent Bus Cook told one newspaper on Monday.“Brett Favre retired in January. He has not talked to any teams, including Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles, the Arizona Cardinals and the Seattle Seahawks,” Cook told the Clarion Ledger in Mississippi. “He has not talked to anyone about playing football. He’s retired, period.”The question is, why is Favre’s agent even mentioning the Cardinals in the first place?center_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation There haven’t been any credible rumors — talk about an oxymoron — connecting the Cards to Favre. So there wouldn’t seem to be a need for Cook to even bring up Arizona.Hopefully it was more Favre’s agent connecting the dots between teams without a starting quarterback and his client. If that’s not the case one of the two sides has shown some interest the Cardinals quarterback drama could get a lot more interesting before it comes to an end.Here’s hoping that the Valley isn’t subjected to the Favre circus in 2011, picture messages, gun slinging and all. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’last_img read more

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