Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida made his claim to another shot at the title by besting Dan Henderson Saturday night at UFC 157.
The three-round fight, which many pushed to be a five-rounder, went to the scorecards, and “The Dragon” earned a split decision victory – much to the dismay of the Honda Center crowd.
“Sorry if the fight wasn’t great for you,” Machida said. “It was a very tough fight. I have a lot of respect for him.”
Machida (19-3) landed nine more significant strikes than Henderson (29-9), and used his karate-style to keep the former PRIDE and Strikeforce champion off balance for the majority of the fight.
When the final decision was read, Machida said he was “surprised” that it was a split decision, feeling that he “dominated the first round, second round and third round.”
Machida was previously submitted by Jones in a UFC title match back in 2011. UFC president Dana White stated during the post-fight press conference that Machida is the No. 1 contender and would receive that title shot later this year.