UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva believes that his teammate and homie, Lyoto Machida, “resoundingly” defended his light heavyweight title at UFC 104. SHOCKER! Although his 5Round affair against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua remains marred in controversy, Silva believes the scrap wasn’t even close.
“Lyoto fought well, was very well trained. It was a hard fought struggle,” Silva told Tatame.com. “Shogun fought at his pace very well, was very well prepared, is very experienced, but the technique was superior and Lyoto won resoundingly.”
“In my opinion, Lyoto won all rounds,” expressed Silva. “Shogun drew a good strategy to attack the legs, but it was not enough.”
Although Machida’s unanimous decision victory was a tough fight to score, by no means do most pundits, including this one, believe that Machida should have left the Staples Center in Los Angeles with the strap, let alone running the table for a 5-0 sweep.
For now, Machida intends to take his family on a two-week Hawaiian vacation, then it’s back to Brazil to refine his skills. Silva stated that once Machida returns refreshed, they will find better ways to avoid Shogun’s leg kicks, allowing Machida to remain elusive in the later rounds.
They better start brainstorming quickly because word on the street is that an immediate rematch might be slated for UFC 108 on January 2nd.
“Now it is back home and see what he has supposedly [did] wrong [to make sure it doesn’t carry over] to the next [fight],” the UFC’s 185-pound king said. “This struggle is passed, does not matter anymore. He is the champion. A great person. A great athlete.”