I thought Machida would win rather easily, but Shogun's plan of attack was darn near perfect.
Against Liddell, I remember saying to myself: this dude's as graceful and athletic as GSP. Very rarely do you see any athlete in MMA with GSP's graceful athleticism, but Shogun was right there, perhaps without the extraordinary strength or wrestling, but his skill level was at least the equal of GSP.
Anyway, it was a great, extended tactical match. The type of fight you used to see when Sugar Ray Leonard held court against the greats of his era: Tommy Hearns and Marvin Hagler.
Having said that, I can't say I'm too fired about the apparently inevitable re-match. Neither fighter is too intent on making a mistake, and both utilized a relatively conservative, slow burn, grind 'em down style of attack.
One additional point: while Dana claims that Machida is not difficult to market, I did notice one thing: in the equivalent seating sections, tickets for Machida/Rua were about half the prices for Lesnar/Carwin.