Now that a couple days have passed, both Shogun Rua and Lyoto Machida have had the opportunity to watch their fight from UFC 104. Yesterday, Shogun said he thought he won four rounds, and guess what? Machida thinks he won four rounds too.
“I thought it was a very even and tough fight,” Machida said. “I had the opportunity to see the fight again and I thought I won four rounds and Shogun took the last one. Some people say he won the fourth and fifth round, but for sure I won at least the first three rounds. The American commentators were pretty much biased. If you see the fight without audio, you will probably see a different fight.
“Shogun was a great opponent and had a nice strategy. He deserves all my respect as a fighter, but I was superior. I had three or four chances to finish the fight, and he never put me in danger. I didn’t get (dazed) at any moment of the fight, but I put him in danger three or four times. He kicked my legs a couple of times, but he wouldn’t knock me out with that.”
If you’re worried his opinion means he’s no longer willing to give Shogun a rematch, don’t. The good news is he’s willing to face anyone the UFC puts in front of him, but the bad news is he injured his hand (probably during one of those times he almost finished the fight, wait, when were those again?) and it may need surgery.
“Anyone who has a mouth can talk. I respect [Dana’s] opinion and I’m ready to fight Shogun or any other challenger UFC decides, but I would like to say that this fight was not judged by myself, my father or Anderson Silva,” Machida said. “This fight was judged by professionals, so I’m pretty much comfortable with the result.”
“It’s time to celebrate the win and relax from the hard training routine,” he said. “After that I will check what happened to my hand (it’s hurt), if it needs some surgery, then analyze my mistakes in this fight carefully with my family to restart my training routine. No matter who is my next opponent, I’ll give some rest to my mind and body and return 100 percent to the training to get ready for my next challenge. If it’s Shogun again, I’ll study his game and make a different strategy to please the fans with a better fight.”
I think we were all hoping the rematch would happen sooner rather than later. UFC 109 on Feb. 6 seemed a realistic card to book it for, but if his hand injury turns out to be serious, we can probably throw that date out the window and expect it sometime in the spring.
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Update: Bloody Elbow is passing along information from Dave Meltzer that Dana White would like to capitalize on the rematch while the iron’s hot and book it for UFC 108. Apparently, Shogun has already agreed to it, but Machida still has to figure out if he’s healthy enough to fight that soon (I’m assuming the hand injury is the issue). If it works out for UFC 108, Anderson Silva-Vitor Belfort would be bumped to another card, and Rashad Evans-Thiago Silva would round out the triple header.
Update 2: You can pretty much scratch the above idea off the list. Machida has been medically suspended for 60 days without contact for the laceration on his upper lip, meaning he couldn’t even spar until a few days before a Jan. 2 fight. Shogun didn’t receive a suspension.