Machida/Couture was a bitter pill to swallow. So wanted him to bow out on a win.
Really was better that way. Imagine if Machida lost? From the unbeatable LHW champion, who even ushered in "The Machida Era", to losing to Shogun, Rampage and Couture, three washed up ex-elite MMA fighters. That probably would have been the end of the Dragon right there.