Were Machidas counters or strikes effective?
Just wondering what the opinion of the forum is. Thats seems to be the point of contention for most people. How he managed to outscore Rua when most people have Rua outstriking him is amazing. In my mind Shogun blocked or evaded the majority of them. People are still referring to Machida's flurry he threw, I think in the third round, to show an example of his effective striking, but if you actually watch it carefully, you notice he barely lands anything. Infact, Shogun catches him with a mean right which forces Machida to go for the clinch to slow things down.