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.”

Previous articleUFC 123: Fun Facts Resulting From Last Night’s Show
Next articleRampage Jackson And BJ Penn Plan To Retire At 35
Ross launched MMA Insight (previously in 2009 as a way to channel his passion for the sport of mixed martial arts. He's since penned countless news stories and live fight reports along with dozens of feature articles as the lead writer for the site, reaching millions of fans in the process.