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Machida Wants Another Title Shot In Ten Months to a Year; Says He Feels He Was Beating Shogun Before UFC 113 KO

(Photo courtesy Esther Lin/Fanhouse)

In his first public interview since losing his UFC light heavyweight title to Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC 113 last weekend, Lyoto Machida told Brazilian televison station, Globo Esporte, that he is in no hurry to fight for the belt he owned for 11 1/2 months. Besides healing from a fractured orbital bone sustained in the fight Saturday night that may require surgery,  Machida wants to take the time to analyze tape of the loss and shore up any weaknesses before stepping back into the Octagon with Rua, or whomever holds the strap when he is ready to fight for it again in approximately ten months to a year. 

"I don’t care who has it; I want to have the opportunity to fight for the belt. If it’s Shogun I’m ok, I’ll enjoy the win more. That punch really got me and in this division it’s really damaging to get hit with a punch like that. When it gets you, it’s really damaging. My plans are to fight for this belt in a year or less — maybe more like 10 months. To regain the belt has become my new dream."

Although he didn’t mention in the interview if he would take a tune-up fight in the interim, Machida, who says he believes he was winning the fight before being knocked out by Rua, says that he is confident that he will retain the title.

“It’s a tough time for me. I’m trying to understand what I did wrong, but on the other hand it’s been great having the support of my fans. I was well prepared, focused and strong because our last fight was very controversial. I wanted to end this fight.  I was feeling fast, but a fight is a fight. You can’t predict what will happen. One moment you’re winning and then a guy hits you and you lose. I feel that I was winning this fight despite his aggressiveness. I give Shogun a lot of credit for his win. He deserved it and is the new champion, but the last you’ll hear of me. Life will go on."

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WalksInTheDarkness- May 15, 2010 at 6:11 pm
Not to be funny but demanding a title shot in 10 months suggests that he's going to have a tune up fight and then a title shot (if he wins his next fight). That's a two month medical suspension followed by the UFC organising another fight for him followed by three months worth of training before the fight. All he has to do is win his next fight. He doesn't deserve to be given an immediate rematch. The first win was dubious at best. It's the same with Donald Cerrone. His first loss to Henderson was arguable but the second loss was definitive. I'm not desperate to see a third fight in a hurry.

And as for Couture beating Shogun, don't make me laugh. He couldn't beat a second rate Shogun in Vera despite what the judges say. If he can't take a solid kick from Vera don't expect to see him be able to take a much worse level of punishment from Rua. The name doesn't guarantee him anything.
Ratel Spicoli- May 15, 2010 at 6:04 am
@Misanthropy - well played, Sir. Every once in a while the mighty cloiselle rears his idiot french head to spew some lunacy at the crowd. Let's all wish him luck with his Golden Gloves douchebaggery. BTW, cloiselle, I just picked up some platinum gloves, studded with diamonds. Beat that, arsehole.

I gotta declare El Guapo the comedy king for this week. All his material was kick ass so far, and he made me laugh more than anyone else. Brrro.
KcCarnage- May 14, 2010 at 11:00 pm
Shogun didn't finish him in their first fight, a good close fight. You cant blame Machida for the g0damn judges decision. 2nd fight Machida came out aggressive and Shogun got him, fair and square. And in one year or so, I would like to see a rubber match, just to shut both sides the fuck up. In the mean time I wanna see Shogun fight someone else, Rampage, A Silva, whoever, just so we can move on to see what else Shogun has up his sleeves for the rest of the division.
ithertz- May 14, 2010 at 10:35 pm
IMO Mark Coleman and Chuck Liddell were both beating Rua before he knocked them out, so maybe they could have a number one contender match...
dranokills- May 14, 2010 at 7:56 pm
cloiselle Says:
Sat, 05/15/2010 - 01:23
You guys are fucking idiots.

watch the fight,

don't listen to joe or goldy yapping, put down your beer, quit flirting with your " bro's " you're watching the fight with. stfu and watch .

actually watch a fucking fight for once.

and then go ahead and talk out of your assholes.

machida was landing cleaner and more effective strikes, taking less damage and controlling the pace of the fight. even though shogun THREW more and MOVED forward more, " APPEARING" to be more aggressive or dominant to an uneducated person or judge. lyoto also scored two take downs with no threat from rua on the ground.

Shogun landed a wild , winging punch, very uncharacteristic for his style and caught lyoto nearly on the back of the head. leading to the full mount and k.o. once lyoto was already dazed. not like shogun dropped him with one shot, it was actually the second to last strike that put lyoto to sleep if you study the tape.


look man whatever helps you sleep at night...holding your little machida doll tight to your chest crying and snuffing as you finally go night-night.
ReX13- May 14, 2010 at 6:36 pm
Almost North Says:

"Misanthropy I like you bro but beating up on the mentally challenged? Not cool bro."

Awesome lulz, +1

Mr Miz gets +1 also RE: cloiselle.
MediumRare- May 14, 2010 at 6:32 pm
@ Patrick

If Shogun got "jacked in the face" every time he landed a leg kick why was his face unmarked after 25 minutes in that first fight?

I'm not saying nothing landed but you may have noticed Shoguns hands all up in front of his face each time he attacked. He didn't catch much of anything significant in the face.

Yet another bandwagon piss-ant (pun intended) who can't stand to see his boy get his shit dominated while you're hugging his nuts.

chewbakker82- May 14, 2010 at 6:28 pm
@ Misanthropy - Thank you for reading my mind and telling that guy that his rant was fucking stupid. "walking forward and throwing punches made it seem that Rua was more aggressive." Yeah no shit. I'm sure he also thought "Machida got hit with the counter right making it seem like he knocked out, but really he was countering with his forehead hoping to break Rua's hand and then was promptly going to pee on him when he followed him to the ground."
Mr_Misanthropy- May 14, 2010 at 6:23 pm
@ Almost Norf

I agree, let's get some new fights on the table. Variety is the spice of life. Maybe these guys can thumb wrestle on their own time or they can have a $10,000 kickball tournament between their two camps if they can't look each other in the eye at the fan expo.
Almost North- May 14, 2010 at 6:14 pm
Why would anyone want to see these guys 3 times in a row? As a fan of both I would much rather see them bash a few fools before the rubber match.

I doubt his beverage choice is causal or even correlational here. Something tells me in that family you go straight from milk to piss.
Mr_Misanthropy- May 14, 2010 at 6:07 pm
Just to piss everybody off (get it, piss?) with a double post, let me re-iterate: Machida is an awesome fighter, he went all Bob Ross on T. Silva and "Rascally" Rashad Evans as well as others on his contender run. He just wasn't a great fighter last Saturday night. Of course he'll be back. It is kind of strange that he's been losing since he started drinking his own piss, however (or at least since it started being reported to the world at large).
Almost North- May 14, 2010 at 5:59 pm
Misanthropy I like you bro but beating up on the mentally challenged? Not cool bro.
Patrick- May 14, 2010 at 5:59 pm
Either way, Machida is still a threat.
Everybody gets caught at some point.
Props to Rua though. I hope he beats whoever wins the Page/Sugar fight.

As far as the first fight goes, a lot of people say Rua won it (basically off of leg kicks), but what I saw was Rua catch a fist to the face almost every single time he landed a leg kick.
BUT...Joe Rogan didn't see that, so everytime Rua landed a kick he flipped his shit like Rua threw a fucking Hadouken fireball, instead of pointing out that, yes, he landed a leg kick, but also got jacked in the face in the process...
Mr_Misanthropy- May 14, 2010 at 5:58 pm
@ Cloiselle (is that french for self-hating homosexual?)

I have watched the fight. Five motherfucking times now. I turn the sound off and add my own Black Fucking Metal as commentary. I might just watch it again because it was so short and sweet. Machida did no damage, his shots were not clean, and almost every time he came in to attack he got stung. He got hurt with a few leg kicks, a few body kicks, and a couple of punches that took the pep out of his step before he even got caught. Both of his takedowns were weak-ass trip/ falls with no power, and Shogun's post-op ass got right back up both times. I love the way Shogun transitioned into full mount while he was in the process of throwing the fight ending combo as well. Shogun didn't just get him, he knocked him out and fucked up his orbital bone. Machida is a great fighter. You can not take his solid wins away. But he got his ass handed to him by Shogun. At no point in that fight was Shogun ever hurt or in any trouble. Take your retard fight analysis back to whatever scummy hole you crawled out of.
Wdub- May 14, 2010 at 5:30 pm
Machida landed more than one knee, but Shogun won, duh.... with a smart overhand right, not a wild swing. I thought the control of the fight went back and forth. I thought it was funny that Machida won the takedown game...countered one of Shoguns attempts to take him down, but then seemed real unconfident once down there...

however, all you trolls on both sides are ridiculous. They're both good fighters and respectful to each other. Why hate so much? as if you could actually beat Machida or Shogun. Compared to real d-bag trash talkers in the UFC, these guys are stand-up.

Machida will most likely have another title shot but , IHMO, he should have to win two or so fights before's only fair to everyone else..

Maybe the looser of Evans-Jackson and Jon Jones. Although I rly don't see Evans or Rampage beating Machida or Shogun.
snowden- May 14, 2010 at 5:18 pm
@ Organ Donor

Agreed, the only effective strike that Machida landed was the knee, he did nothing with his take downs.

and lol @ cloiselle
"even though shogun THREW more and MOVED forward more, " APPEARING" to be more aggressive"
Pretty sure that's what aggression is, throwing more and moving forward.
BJJ Pennguin- May 14, 2010 at 5:12 pm
no, he definitely got the piss beat out of him
PERPATRAITOR- May 14, 2010 at 4:57 pm
Machida deserves the next match after a title defense. He should rest that face for sure.
jimbonics- May 14, 2010 at 4:31 pm

No one is saying give him the next shot, not even machida. I'm just agreeing with the man he deserves one in the next 10 months, as he states.
mt59801- May 14, 2010 at 4:31 pm
WTF? I hope that was just a bad translation. It's like saying "I was gainfully employed right up to the moment that they fired me" . Apparently Lyoto is also a graduate of the Mazagatti/Peeples Institute for sub-par observational techniques.
El Guapo- May 14, 2010 at 4:23 pm
Let's ask the Donald what he thinks. "Ya fiyed!"

"But I only lost one ti.."

Sorry, Dragon, but the Donald and Potato Nation has spoken.

"I promise to drink extra pi.."

(Shuddering)Disgusting. Go fight Kimbo in Strikeforce. Or go chill with Semtex in New Zealand. Go. Just go.
newdeal- May 14, 2010 at 4:21 pm
In the previous fight when machida rushed in with punches shogun covered up and moved back, this time he threw the overhand and the strategy obviously worked. Machida usually doesn't get his but Rua was even catching him when machida was moving backwards. Anderson Silva vs. Shogun would be epic, I doubt think Anderson would dance around in that fight
Organ Donor- May 14, 2010 at 4:19 pm
What's interesting to me is while Machida's take-downs may have scored points, Shogun wasn't at all threatened. No GnP, no submissions. All he wanted to do was stand the fuck back up so he could K him TFO. And he did.

I don't think Machida was winning the fight before he got clocked. His nose was bleeding, which may be why he was breathing through his wide open mouth - alternatively he was already gassed? When Shogun wasn't acting like a buzz saw he was punishing Machida's legs and walking through his punches. And when you get knocked out barely half-way through the first round of a five round fight, to say you were winning - even if it were, technically true - would be a little silly.
TheMadness- May 14, 2010 at 4:17 pm
I think Machida has it in him to beat Shogun decisively, but this wasn't a Penn v. Edgar grind, it was a knockout, so he can wait quietly while the other kids tackle the seesaw.
DeadPull- May 14, 2010 at 4:13 pm
What?! Are we not even trying to put a caption under the picture now?