Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida lost his belt this past May in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in a rematch to fellow Brazilian Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. The previously unbeaten Machida was knocked out in the first round of their title fight rematch but despite losing for the first time in such a decisive manner, “The Dragon” is keeping things in perspective and is preparing himself to get back into the cage as soon as he can. Machida spoke with Sherdog.com while spending time at the Black House gym in Los Angeles to sharpen his wrestling and to help prepare Anderson Silva for his upcoming fight against Chael Sonnen.
As far as his loss goes, Machida seems to be dealing with it in a healthy manner and insists that he is using the defeat to grow as a fighter.
“I think defeat is part of it and we have to look at it that way,” said Machida. “We have to face it, realizing that this is part of the game and competition. This occurs in every sport: jiu-jitsu, karate, wrestling or muay Thai. You can’t always win. One day someone will find your weak point or that day you may not have been your best. That’s part of the game and we must seize this moment to seek always to add and grow. Obstacles exist for people to grow.”
As further evidence that the loss has not adversely affected Machida, the Belem, Brazil native is already looking forward to his next fight, even though it won’t be against “Shogun.”
“‘Shogun’ was injured and the promotion might not want to make that fight so soon, as it can get very repetitive,” Machida said. “I think Quinton Jackson would be the ideal guy for me. A guy who was champ and among the best. He is a great opponent, a very tough guy. I have respect for him as does everyone else, but I’d like to test my technique against him.”
Machida today confirmed that he will indeed be fighting “Rampage” next, and MMAWeekly.com is reporting that the fight will be taking place at an undetermined State-side location on November 20th of this year. Speaking on the fight, Machida believes he will have his work cut out for him but he is confident that he can win.
“It sure would be a tough fight,” said “The Dragon.” “He is a fighter who has been champion, but I believe a lot in my work.”