Classy as always!UFC’s former champion, Lyoto Machida talked to TATAME on his come back to Brazil. Regretting the loss for Maurício Shogun on UFC 113, the karate fighter commented the knockout he suffered on the first round, the feeling of the first loss on his career and promised to improve even more for his next appointment. On the chat, Lyoto countered the critics and guaranteed: “It can taste bad, bitter and hard to swallow, but for sure it will be constructive on the future”, said.
What do you think went wrong with your strategy?
I think Shogun’s strategy fit just fine for that moment, but I was well trained. People sometimes try to find a reason, but for me there’s no excuse. I was well trained, focused, dedicated myself for months to do this fight and unfortunately it didn’t come out the way wanted to. There’s no excuse, it was his day, he was better than me on that night.
Do you think your mistake was that you went forward and maybe you should have played on the counterattack?
No... I’ve watched the fight a few times and I can say I followed my strategy, but Shogun came forward and maybe he tried it harder than me, since he was the challenger. I also wanted to end the fight quickly. I did never expose myself on an ungracious way, but it’s a fight and his punch got me. On that moment he was better, but it’s ok. The most important thing is how I’m feeling now, prepared, motivated and band new for new challenges.
One of the critics that came up after your loss was the lack of remarkable sparring...
People speak too much and they try to help sometimes, but who was beside me saw all of my dedication and difficulty… maybe if I punched him first people would be saying exactly the opposite, that my trainings were good, but that’s a personal issue for my team to analyze, even because we had great results on important fights. It’s not because one thing went wrong that everyone is not trying it hard enough. We have to correct ourselves, always keep improving.
Talking about the division, Shogun’s next opponent should be the winner between Quinton Jackson and Rashad Evans on UFC 114. How do you think this fight will be?
It’s a tough fight, they have similar styles, both like to do the boxing game and take the opposite down, so it’s hard to bet. Maybe Rampage experience will be a decisive factor...
How do you think it would be like, today, a rematch of Shogun and Rampage?
I think Rampage will be a very hard opponent to Shogun, it will be a tough rematch, for sure, but I can’t tell. Even because Rampage got off the trainings due to some appointments he had on the movies, so let’s see how he behaves on this fight and then we can do some thinking about it.
Fell free to leave a message to your fans…
I’d like to thanks all my friends from Pará, a very warming people. I was supported when I got to the airport, there were a lot of people waiting for me and screaming my name, independently of my loss. I want to remind people it’s a sport and losses are also a part of the process, the important thing is the recovery. To win or lose is normal, but the thing is how I’m going to recover myself now, against the challenges that will come… It can taste bad, bitter and hard to swallow, but for sure it will be constructive on the future.
“It can taste bad, bitter and hard to swallow, but for sure it will be constructive on the future”
This quote says everything.. WAR MACHIDA!!!