After returning back to his native Brazil and receiving a warm welcome from over a hundred fans at the airport Lyoto Machida has been reflecting on his knockout loss to Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua at UFC 113.
“I was well trained, focused, even because our last fight was really controversial,” Machida tells told local station TV Globo. “I wanted to end this fight, I was feeling fast, but a fight is a fight, you can’t say much before it happens. Sometimes you are winning it, but the guy hits you and you lose. I think I was winning this fight, despite his aggressiveness.”
Machida did pay respect to his opponent however.
“I give Shogun all credits for his win, he deserved it and is the new champion, but that not the end of the story, life goes on”.
The former champion then admitted that there was nothing he could do when the fight suddenly reached an abrupt conclusion.
“That punch really got me and, in this division, it’s really hard to get a punch like that. When it gets you, it’s really hard.”
Despite the disappointment of defeat Machida is already looking ahead to the future, and the chance to scale the heights of the UFC’s light-heavyweight division once again.
“My plans are to dispute this belt in a year or less, like 10 months. To regain the belt is my new dream”, he stated.