After having a chance to review his highly scrutinized performance this past Saturday night against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 104, Lyoto Machida is more convinced than ever before that the the verdict rendered by the judges in his favor was the correct one.
In a recent conversation with Sherdog.com the UFC light heavyweight title holder had this to say, “I had the opportunity to see the fight again and I thought I won four rounds and Shogun took the last one. Some people say he won the fourth and fifth round, but for sure I won at least the first three rounds.”
The reason for all of the controversy is simple according to “The Dragon”: Favoritism by Rogan and Goldie.
Never mind the fact that the bulk of the crowd in attendance was jeering the decision once it was rendered; They must have overheard the slanted commentary as well.
“The American commentators were pretty much biased,” explained away the fighter formerly known as the least hit fighter in the history of the UFC. “If you see the fight without audio, you will probably see a different fight.”
I guess us simple minded Americans can be easily swayed by what we hear during the broadcast of a fight. It’s almost as if Rogan and Goldberg must have been sending out subliminal signals to brainwash all of us sheep that have such a hard time thinking for ourselves.
Disregard the fact that Rua clearly landed more of the strikes during the bout by a wide margin, to be the champ you have to beat the champ, right?
“Shogun was a great opponent and had a nice strategy,” said Lyoto. “He deserves all my respect as a fighter, but I was superior.”
“I had three or four chances to finish the fight, and he never put me in danger. I didn’t get (dazed) at any moment of the fight, but I put him in danger three or four times. He kicked my legs a couple of times, but he wouldn’t knock me out with that. This fight was judged by professionals, so I’m pretty much comfortable with the result.”