It’s been five days since UFC light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida controversially defended his strap at UFC 104 against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, and it appears that more MMA enthusiasts are starting to see the fight a lot closer than originally thought, with some even changing their minds and giving the nod to the champ. As for Machida, he never had a doubt.
“I thought it was a very even and tough fight,” Machida told Sherdog.com. “I had the opportunity to see the fight again and I thought I won four rounds and Shogun took the last one. Some people say he won the fourth and fifth round, but for sure I won at least the first three rounds.”
So if all three judges rewarded Machida with a unanimous decision at UFC 104 – with each posting the exact same 48-47 mark, and the reigning 205-pound king feels so adamantly about his UNANIMOUS win, what’s all the drama about?
Well, look out Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan, because “The Dragon” is breathing fire down your ”impartial” necks.
“The American commentators were pretty much biased. If you see the fight without audio, you will probably see a different fight,” Machida said. “Shogun was a great opponent and had a nice strategy. He deserves all my respect as a fighter, but I was superior.”
Here’s the only question that I have with the mute theory; let’s assume that the fans were influenced by Goldie and Rogan’s persuasive skills, what about all of the fans inside Staples Center, which started pro-Machida but quickly turned once the decision was announced?
Granted some UFC fans are more knowledgeable than others, and certainly alcohol comes into play when your talking about a fight crowd, but nobody knows a robbery like an Angeleno and roughly 16,000 felt they witnessed one on Saturday night.
In fact, some claim that Machida pulled off the biggest heist since Lee Murray’s score a couple years back.
UFC president Dana White was sitting front and center watching the five-round affair, and he appeared to be the most disappointed fan of them all. So discouraged that he was pushing for an immediate do-over at the UFC 104 post-fight presser.
“I’m ready to make this rematch as fast as we can,” White said. “That’s me the fight fan, the business fan, whatever you want to call me. I want to see this fight again.”
But then again, White may have been sitting within earshot of Goldberg and Rogan.