After Lyoto Machida and Dan Henderson left the Octagon at UFC 157, some fans were disappointed with the lack of excitement. Others didn’t agree that Machida deserved the split-decision win. Looking back at the controversial ending, “The Dragon” thinks he won as he connected with more shots.
“The numbers do not lie,” said Machida to TATAME. “I had almost 100 percent success and he hit close to 70 percent, despite having more loose strikes. The important thing is to be efficient.”
The win makes Machida 19-3 and gives him a two fight win streak. He was up to 16 wins and held UFC gold before dropping three fights in a 19 month span.
The loss was Henderson’s return to action after being away for over a year after coming off a knee injury. He was the No. 1 contender before the recent defeat.
By winning, UFC president Dana White declared Machida as the No. 1 contender to the light heavyweight title. Since current champion Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen still have to fight at UFC 159 on April 27, Machida was open to taking on another opponent rather than sitting on the sides.
No official announcement has been made if Machida will make good on his statement and fight someone else in the meantime.