After his controversial victory over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 104, light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida told Marcelo Alonso of Sherdog.com that he felt that he won the fight, four rounds to one.
“I had the opportunity to see the fight again and I thought I won four rounds and Shogun took the last one,” Machida said. “Some people say he won the fourth and fifth round, but for sure I won at least the first three rounds. The American commentators were pretty much biased. If you see the fight without audio, you will probably see a different fight.”
Machida went on to note that Shogun was a great opponent, however felt that Shogun was not the better fighter on that night.
“Shogun was a great opponent and had a nice strategy,” he noted. “He deserves all my respect as a fighter, but I was superior. I had three or four chances to finish the fight, and he never put me in danger. I didn’t get (dazed) at any moment of the fight, but I put him in danger three or four times. He kicked my legs a couple of times, but he wouldn’t knock me out with that.”
Machida also seemed unfazed by UFC President Dana White saying that he thought Shogun won the fight, saying, “Anyone who has a mouth can talk. I respect his opinion and I’m ready to fight Shogun or any other challenger UFC decides, but I would like to say that this fight was not judged by myself, my father or Anderson Silva. This fight was judged by professionals, so I’m pretty much comfortable with the result.”
A rematch between Machida and Shogun seems inevitable, and Machida stated during the UFC 104 post-fight press conference that he’s up for it.
“If the UFC decides that we should have a rematch, then let’s have a rematch,” he stated.
White noted that we was ready to make the rematch as soon as he could.
“I’m ready to make the rematch as fast as we can,” White said. “I actually think the second fight will be the fight we expected to see.”
As for Machida, he promises a better performance the next time around.
“The fight is in the past now, I just wanna go back and take what I learned from this fight,” he said. “You’re going to see a different fighter the next time I come out.”