In a new UFC 123 post-fight interview former light-heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida reacts to his split decision loss against Quinton Jackson.
On his performance:
“Assessing the fight, I’m happy with myself because I know I gave it my all inside the octagon. I think I had a great performance. I think that’s the most important thing, for you to be able to duplicate what you do in training. Obviously we wanted a positive result, unfortunately that was not the case.
On his strategy:
““Our strategy is what we implemented inside the ring – to not get too agitated in the beginning, kick his legs a lot, because he’s a guy who doesn’t check leg kicks, and from there try to connect with our strikes, and I think we were able to do that and that’s the reason I am not worried because we were able to implement our strategy.”
On The Judges:
“I don’t blame the judges, I don’t like to say that they robbed the fight, it’s not like that. I think we have to analyse our game, perhaps I need to be more aggressive. In my opinion I won, but the judges are there to score the fight and I respect [the result]. So I see it this way and I believe this is an opportunity for me to grow even more, an opportunity for me to improve.”
On Rampage’s reaction to the decision:
“After the fight Rampage came up to me and said, “No, you won the fight…and you kicked my ass,” he said. I thanked him and told him he’s a great champion too, and even more for acknowledging that [I won], it’s not easy [to do that]. But he said, “Don’t you worry about that, you won the fight, and I’ll give you a rematch because I know I didn’t deserve this win.”