Machida: "There’s no excuse, it was his day"

While many questioned Lyoto Machida‘s game plan after his 1st round knockout loss to Mauricio Rua, Machida insists he stuck to his guns and was executing his chosen game plan until he got caught.

Machida told tatame:

I think Shogun’s strategy fit just fine for that moment, but I was well trained. People sometimes try to find a reason, but for me there’s no excuse. I was well trained, focused, dedicated myself for months to do this fight and unfortunately it didn’t come out the way wanted to. There’s no excuse, it was his day, he was better than me on that night.”

I’ve watched the fight a few times and I can say I followed my strategy, but Shogun came forward and maybe he tried it harder than me, since he was the challenger. I also wanted to end the fight quickly. I did never expose myself on an ungracious way, but it’s a fight and his punch got me. On that moment he was better, but it’s ok. The most important thing is how I’m feeling now, prepared, motivated and band new for new challenges.”

“People speak too much and they try to help sometimes, but who was beside me saw all of my dedication and difficulty… maybe if I punched him first people would be saying exactly the opposite, that my trainings were good, but that’s a personal issue for my team to analyze, even because we had great results on important fights. It’s not because one thing went wrong that everyone is not trying it hard enough. We have to correct ourselves, always keep improving.”

While the winner of Rampage Rashad will fight shogun, perhaps Machida will face off against the loser, so far, no other fights are even rumoured, as he looks to begin the long climb back to the top.

I think Shogun’s strategy fit just fine for that moment, but I was well trained. People sometimes try to find a reason, but for me there’s no excuse. I was well trained, focused, dedicated myself for months to do this fight and unfortunately it didn’t come out the way wanted to. There’s no excuse, it was his day, he was better than me on that night.”

I’ve watched the fight a few times and I can say I followed my strategy, but Shogun came forward and maybe he tried it harder than me, since he was the challenger. I also wanted to end the fight quickly. I did never expose myself on an ungracious way, but it’s a fight and his punch got me. On that moment he was better, but it’s ok. The most important thing is how I’m feeling now, prepared, motivated and band new for new challenges.”

“People speak too much and they try to help sometimes, but who was beside me saw all of my dedication and difficulty… maybe if I punched him first people would be saying exactly the opposite, that my trainings were good, but that’s a personal issue for my team to analyze, even because we had great results on important fights. It’s not because one thing went wrong that everyone is not trying it hard enough. We have to correct ourselves, always keep improving.”


37 Comments

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    HugeCleavage

    May 15, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Recpect to this dude! I belive hes gonna be champ agian he looked good in the shogun fight. But creds to shogun as well.

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    pound4pound

    May 15, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    I respect a guy who is not a sore loser. It is gotta suck tho, I mean your first lost it is to a guy who a lot of people thought he won the first match and then to get KO like that, It sticks to your mind like porn…

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    ZRoTheCrooked

    May 15, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    yes i believe Machida will be champ some day again

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    moots

    May 15, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    One of the many reasons I respect and am a big fan of Lyoto Machida.

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    BlueClearSky

    May 15, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Machida should learn a big lesson from the lost and comeback stronger than ever .

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    HugeCleavage

    May 15, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    in that case i know you dont respect Paul Daley,DAn hardy,Rampage,Bisping and Tito ortiz. Am i right?

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    pound4pound

    May 15, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    No I do not, but also I do not respect guys like Kos faking shit… I never heard Hardy complaining about his lose to GSP tho? I probably missed it. And you need to add Lesnar, Mir, Penn, even GSP when he lost to Matt Serra, he was being a sore loser. Matt Hughes is always making excuses, there are many to add to the list.

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    pound4pound

    May 15, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    I do not think he is that far from the top tho, in 1 or 2 fights he could get a rematch… It is my opinion.

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    Rane

    May 15, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    MAd respect to Lyoto.

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    mokoko

    May 15, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    you shuld wright a boock about MMA bro you wrely now wath you talking about

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    UrHype

    May 15, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    It shows everyone how quickly Shogun can adapt to his opponents abilities and prevail.

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    UrHype

    May 15, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    Mokoko, the “attila the hun” of the english language….lol….messing with you, I can understand it.

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    Ninja

    May 15, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    I would love to see Machida fight Lil Nog….that would be a sick fight

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    Wado

    May 16, 2010 at 12:11 am

    Machida is a true warrior. So is Rua. I love both fighters. Tough as nails and nice guys at the same time. None of the bs-show biz trash talk before nor after.

    I love Machida’s style. Look for the opening and finnish them off. Not so TV-friendly but very effective. At the same time gotta hand it to Rua. He closed the distance, got his timing right and found the opening.

    Viva Brasilero!

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    rflynn

    May 16, 2010 at 12:53 am

    i dont know about machida being champ again…i think he may make it to the title shot again but not sure about champ…. shogun looks better then he did in pride and i think he could hold on to the belt for a long time

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    terra2805

    May 16, 2010 at 2:20 am

    You have to admire Machida wether you are a fighter or just a fan, not many fighters can take it on the chin and declare that they have no excuse, he is one of my favourite fighters and i’m sure he will be back as good as ever, like he said, it just wasn’t his night and those of us that know the game can accept and understand that, anything can happen in MMA right? Props to Shogun though he looked absolutely awesome and did exactly what he said he would, Machida will be back with a vengeance imo………..

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    terra2805

    May 16, 2010 at 2:22 am

    @UrHype
    Glad you can because i haven’t got a clue what he’s talking about, dude needs an interpereter………

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    terra2805

    May 16, 2010 at 2:25 am

    You really think Machida hasn’t got what it takes to be champ again? If that IS the case then who the hell do you think DOES have what it takes?….

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    HotMixed

    May 16, 2010 at 5:29 am

    Can you guys see it happening?

    Rashad vs Machida

    and

    SHogun vs Rampage it makes a whole lots of sense.

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    UrHype

    May 16, 2010 at 5:40 am

    For some reason Im not a big fan of his but he is a good person and respectful. I was ok with him being champ, but it was only time before Shogun came back.
    I also dont condone the piss drinking thing, its just nasty.

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    thewraith

    May 16, 2010 at 7:12 am

    Machida Fan Here!!
    He will always be Champ in my book!!!

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    Gabe

    May 16, 2010 at 8:50 am

    I really believe that Machida rushed his fight against Shogun. He’s not that kind of fighter but, I also believe Shogun would’ve won regardless. I’m a fan of both guys. I’m glad Machida didn’t make any excuses. Good man.

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    UndefeatedOfWest

    May 16, 2010 at 9:36 am

    He reminds me of ryu from street fighter in this picture

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    Shogunp4p

    May 16, 2010 at 10:15 am

    I truly don’t think there’s alot of people the know mma alot off people just know ufc so they stick to ufc but before ufc good realy good there was pride fc where do u think most of the champions and famous mms fighters came from shogun was killing people in japan people like rampage noguera ricardo arona & allister overeem twice he beat all this guys in the tournament they had called pride grand prix where he had to figh 3 time in one night to win the title no one got close to what he did & people just notice who rua is but less the a year ago nobody gave shogun a chance against chuck or machida now every ones on his nuts so that goes 2 show u that people just talk 2 talk I do think machida is the secon best 205 in the world but I honestly don’t think he’ll lose this belt 4 a long time take this 4 example

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    Mohawkblue

    May 16, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Wow! That’s how a MAN loses. I’m so sick of excuses. He’s a champion – period!
    GO MACHIDA!!!

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    1878

    May 16, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    The 205 pound fighters need to be scared of the new Machida – He looks as if he as got the loss outta his head already and is looking to bounce back – If its true that REAL champions become better fighters after their first loss I would hate to fight the new Machida – I think The Dragon will become the world champion again and for some reason I can see him destroy Rashad again for the title – The 205 pound division is finally back wide open.

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    Thang

    May 16, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Man, The LHW Belt in the UFC keep changing hands like my grandma diaper … lol

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    pound4pound

    May 16, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    At least he makes a effort to speak a second language.

    @ Mokoko

    Thanks man, don´t listen to this guy.

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    Mohawkblue

    May 16, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Dude shogun has lost to BABLU!!!
    Strikeforce can promote that they have a fighter who has won over the UFC’s top 205er.
    Way more people can give Shogun problems than Machida.
    UFC’s 205 is a maze at best.
    Re-watch the Forrest-Shogun gun fight. Its written off now as an injury fight for Shogun but that is bullshit. Forrest just pressed him.
    Forrest is very under rated right now …

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    colktfo

    May 17, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    16-0, light heavyweight champion, much respect and fans, dedicated fighter since 3 years old, and then u loose by knockout. god! probly the shtiest feeling ever. u do so good and then u loose it like that

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    colktfo

    May 17, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    glad to hear something from machida. i respect this guy so much and a huge fan. he has awsome sportsmanship, talent, and heart. i dont care that he lost, ill be a machida fan for life! hope he can comeback to the top, but congrads to shogun he’s impressive

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    jrlani4

    May 17, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    that would never happen. machida, both nogs, and anderson silva all train and work out together. thats one reason they could never get silva vs machida. im a huge machida fan and the only good thing to come from his loss is that it opens up a chance for silva to move up and take on whoever is the LHW champ.

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    joelsephw420

    May 18, 2010 at 9:34 am

    i think machida does have what it takes, he just had a bad night, it happens in this sport. his loss will just make em train harder for his next fight

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    friendlyfoe

    May 18, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    I love the Ryu look….

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    iordan

    May 20, 2010 at 12:21 am

    really good words of a champion!!

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    sambo

    May 20, 2010 at 5:05 am

    classy

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    Cobra

    May 20, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    its ALWAYS going to be Shoguns day!!!!!!!!!!!

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