“I’m sure that I won, everybody thinks that I won. I talked with a lot of people here and they thought that I won, but unfortunately I think that they gave him the victory because some interests. Everyone was surprised with what happened in the end, but what can I do?…In my point of view, being fair, I won four rounds. People thought the same, Dana White, Lorenzo (Fertitta), Rickson Gracie was beside us… Everyone gave me the victory.”
—Mauricio “Shogun” Rua telling Tatame.com that he thought he won four out of the five rounds to earn the decision victory over Lyoto Machida at UFC 104
Shogun’s manager/translator Eduardo Alonso added:
“It was unanimous here, there was no single person who didn’t give the victory to Mauricio…This fight had a double sad taste, but also pride. Once again nobody believed on our team, just like the fight against Liddell, and we made an amazing strategy, that no one had made before…Unfortunately, we’ll have to fight twice to have what we must had today, but we hope that they accept (the rematch).”
I don’t think Alonso has to worry anymore about his team getting the respect they deserve. Plenty of people are going to believe in Shogun in the rematch.
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