There have been a number of bad judges decisions over the past year, but none caused more protests and generated more debate than Lyoto Machida’s victory over Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua at UFC 104.
In a new interview with ufc.com Shogun talks about his feelings immediately after the fight.
“The feeling after the judge’s decision was announced was like someone tore out my heart. What gave me comfort was to see my corner men support me, the crowd behind me thinking that I had won the fight.”
Clearly it’s a feeling that the Brazilian would rather not have again, and he has no plans to go to the judges scorecards when the two fighters meet again at UFC 113 on May 8th.
“I’m looking to make a statement with this fight and win it in a decisive way. I’m a fighter that always fights to finish fights.”
Shogun also had some criticism of his opponent’s defensive style of fighting, and the judges who score in favor of it.
“It really bothers me that people don’t really give value to someone who is pressing the fight. I think people should reward it more because I really don’t understand how a guy that only walks backwards will be more recognized than someone who is pressing the fight and who is really trying to engage and make it a fight.”
Watch Shogun’s full interview below…