After convincingly winning the final round against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 123, Lyoto Machida was confident he’d done more than enough to dance out of Motown with a victory.
Unfortunately for the ever elusive one, by the time Octagon voice Bruce Buffer finished rattling off the unfavorable scores, Machida was sent on the first two-fight skid of his illustrious career – leaving him completely flabbergasted in the process.
“Lyoto thinks he won,” Machida’s longtime manager Ed Soares told MMAFighting. “After the fight, he didn’t have any doubt. He was convinced he won the fight. It was a big shocker to him, too.”
The former light heavyweight champs fought in two of the most closely contested rounds in recent history. If one were to compare their first 10 minutes to a previous contest, it could be likened to BJ Penn vs. Frankie Edgar Part I.
Although Edgar edged the Hawaiian for a unanimous decision victory, some felt his Machida-esque movement lacked the aggression necessary to escape Abu Dhabi with a W, much less the 155-pound crown.
It’s likely most fans that felt Edgar should not have captured the title at UFC 112 is siding with Machida, while pro-Penn peeps are likely standing behind Rampage.
Speaking of supporting B.A. Baracus., Soares tried a different approach in watching the replay on his DVR. He busted out his Rampage fanboy glasses and had them securely fastened throughout the entire 15-minute affair.
“I watched the fight wanting to see Quinton win. I don’t want to sit here saying, ‘Oh, it’s bad judging.’ I wanted to see what Quinton did to win,” Soares expressed. “In the 1stRound, I think Lyoto did enough to win that 1stRound. People will say, ‘Oh, but he wasn’t aggressive.’ But that’s Lyoto’s style. And they’ll say, ‘Octagon control. That depends on how you look at it.
“At the end of the day, Lyoto was doing what he wanted to do to put Rampage where he wanted him. He had Rampage chasing him and that’s what Lyoto likes, is to find those openings.”
Although their highly anticipated fight resulted in a controversial conclusion, UFC president Dana White has already shot down the idea of an instant rematch.