Lyoto Machida Believes He Beat Rampage, But Randy Couture Is The Business at Hand

February 2, 2011
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Machida working for a keylock on Rampage

Lyoto Machida is a fighter that is always up for challenges, but lately he’s been on the losing end, dropping his last two fights in a row after starting off his career with 16 straight victories.

While there was no question he simply got beat when facing Maurcio “Shogun” Rua the second time around, his last loss fell into the hands of the judges at UFC 123 in Detroit when he faced Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

The opinions were split after the fight with some scoring the fight for Jackson and others scoring in for Machida.

The Brazilian’s manager, Ed Soares, says that scoring in MMA isn’t perfect, but everyone should realize that the sport is still so young that mistakes are bound to happen. He does admit, however, that a controversial loss is still a loss and right now his fighter’s record is reading two defeats in a row.

“It is a bummer to see a loss. You’ve heard Dana White before, sometimes a bad decision effects a fighter’s legacy, effects a fighter’s pay. So many different things are effected by a controversial decision, but unfortunately, it didn’t work out in our favor this time,” Soares said.

“I don’t know what needs to be done about the scoring and the judging. I think they maybe need to come up with a better system. People need to understand that our sport is young. This sport has been sanctioned now for about 10 years.

“There’s gonna be adjustments that are gonna be made to try to perfect the scoring and make it better. We may see in our lifetime, maybe 20 years from now, they may say, ‘Man, off of today’s scoring, Lyoto would have definitely won that fight or such and such definitely would have won that fight.’ But it’s definitely a young sport and it’s constantly evolving. I think everybody is doing the best job they can to try and put these things in order.”

Machida is moving on from the loss to Jackson and will soon head back into a full training camp to get ready for his next challenge, UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture.

While the former UFC light heavyweight champion is excited about the bout, he hasn’t decided whether he’ll train in America or in Brazil for the bout. Either way, he’s ready for the challenge that lies ahead in Toronto in April.

“I think it’s a great fight. It’s an honor to fight a guy like Randy Couture,” Soares told MMAWeekly Radio. “He’s a legend in this sport. Someone like Lyoto, he’s the kind of guy that wants to fight the best. He did feel he won that fight against Rampage, but that’s yesterday, now he’s got to focus on today. The next bout is Randy Couture.”

Couture has teetered on the precipice of whether or not he will be retiring soon, but mentioned Machida by name as one of the fighters he wants to face before calling it a career. The former champion complied and now they two light heavyweights will meet in a featured bout on the UFC 129 main card on April 30.

  • bduv21

    The problem with this article is Machida lost the fight fair and square. Rampage was being a moron at the end of the fight because Machida had a great 1/2 of the 3rd round but that was all he had the whole fight. By no means did he maintain octagon control, push the pace and/or cause more damage. At the end of the fight Machida almost got Ricardo Arona’d. Now lets face the real Fact Machida was lucky to win 1 out of his last 3 for him to complain about a bad decision is ridiculous.

  • farang

    Fact is Jackson knew he was whipped and said so repeatedly, for those that have a hearing problem.

    Jackson controlled no ring or octagon, he plodded and followed without even attempting strikes or blows…Machida won the 1st and 3rd easily (almost floored Jackson in the 3rd round too), and the 2nd round was even.

    Machida didn’t need to complain: Jackson clearly thought he got whupped, said so over and over, and so did any intelligent observers.

  • bduv21

    Farang… look at the polls most people including the judges saw it for Rampage including myself. Save your crying for Bellator. That is where Machida is soon to be.

  • Machida lost to Rampage once and shogun twice.