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It depends on what you think is exciting in terms of fighting styles. While I think Rashad is a great fighter, and will continue to get better, he's hardly of a mold we haven't seen before. Its a successful mold, ripe with explosiveness and power, but it's almost 'the usual' sort of fighter style.
Machida, on the other hand, is one of those rare fighters that totally breaks all molds and is almost impossible to figure out. Anderson Silva is like this, Fedor is like this, Machida is like this. I'm not Saying Machida is going to be as successful as someone like Fedor, but you have to admit that he seems to just be better than his opponents in an intangible way.
Machida's complete difference to 'the norm' is evident in how so many people don't like, or even respect him. People actually complain about his 'stand-off' way of fighting, but when something like that translates to utter dominance, and he can put on a performance like he did, how is that not exciting? Being able to make a great, very aggressive fighter like Thiago look like a nobody, while seeming to barely put any effort into it, is very impressive.
To me, watching someone work on that other level is infinitely more exciting than watching just another 'explosive, striking wrestler', no matter how good he is.