UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida (16-0) is focused and prepared for his Saturday rematch with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (18-4), as he indicated to MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani through manager and translator Ed Soares in a video interview given for the site yesterday. Machida showed all due respect to Rua and assured that he would take home a second win over his fellow Brazilian.
“I’m here, I’m relaxed, but inside it’s like a volcano ready to erupt,” said Machida. “I’m ready to go.”
Erupt he did. When asked whether or not he felt that he had something to prove to fans and UFC President Dana White (who, directly after their first meeting at UFC 104, told “Shogun” that he had him winning the fight), Machida drew upon a wellspring of anger that he has apparently been harboring towards White since that controversial judges’ decision was made and went on a mild tirade about the UFC’s head honcho.
“They’ve got judges that are judging this fight who have the credentials to be there ringside to judge an event like this,” said Machida. “For Dana White to go out there and say that he thought that I lost is kind of taking credibility not only away from the judges but taking credibility away from his event.”
“I don’t know if he was saying that he thought that I lost simply because he was trying to promote the next fight or he was already thinking a few steps down the line,” Machida went on. “Maybe he has a different reason but by him going out and saying that I didn’t win the fight when three of the judges said that I won the fight unanimously, it’s taking credibility away from his event and credibility away from the UFC. Because if the judges are stealing then what’s that saying about the UFC?”
Machida may have a point there; with so many bad decisions being rendered in MMA on a consistent basis, the sport’s image in that regard might not be helped along by White publicly disagreeing with the judges. However, it is hard to blame the man for being honest. MMA judging can be pretty atrocious and, while it was far from an outright robbery, the first Machida-Rua fight being scored unanimously for anyone was a joke and a big portion of the MMA community has come out to say that they believe that Rua won. Arguments about the necessary improvement of MMA judging aside, Machida assures that while he is obviously upset about White’s comments he is not dwelling on the past.
“The day after the fight, that fight was forgotten already; as far as what people thought,” “The Dragon” said. “At the end of the day, you go on to my Sherdog record and you’ll see that I have the win. So now I don’t think about that anymore. What I’m focused on now is my next fight. That’s in the past now, it’s history.”
Machida will have the chance to prove that he is truly the better fighter of the two this Saturday night in Montreal, Quebec, Canada when he defends his Light-Heavyweight belt for the second time against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at the Bell Centre.