Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida was handed his first submission defeat at the hands of current UFC 205-pound champ Jon Jones earlier this month. “Bones” locked in a standing choke, rendering “The Dragon” unconscious in the second round.
Many have felt Jones went above and beyond what he needed to do to secure the win, but Machida disagrees. In a recent interview with SPORTV.com, Machida gives his take on the finish at UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida.
“It was totally respectful to me. It was a shocking (end) to the story,” Machida said. “Sometimes, those who hear my (wonder) if there was any disrespect, but he did his job, choked me and won. You can’t ask him to make love to me, right?”
Machida also talked about the elbow that opened a huge gash on his forehead, saying, “After he hit the elbow and the referee stopped the fight, I could not see, had so much blood in eye. I would’ve used more of my recovery time.”
“The Dragon” is currently just 1-3 now in his last four UFC fights, including losses to Jones, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. His lone win came at the hands of Randy Couture. All four men Machida has faced wore UFC gold at one time.