I feel like I’ve done a bit of a disservice to all the readers out there who feel Lyoto Machida won that fight against Quinton Jackson. Hey, a personal MMA blog is gonna have my personal opinions, and in my opinion Lyoto Machida is a douchenozzle who should never win anything ever. But just so you don’t feel too disconnected with dissenting opinions, here’s Anderson Silva (via the above video, which has captions):
“There’s no way, Lyoto won the fight man. He came closer to finishing the fight. Shit, Quinton didn’t even touch him. It’s tough, it’s tough. Lyoto was much better. The fight was tough but Lyoto was much better. He connected with strikes that almost got Quinton get knocked out. So it’s like that … we don’t know what kind of criteria the judges are using the score the fights. Unfortunately, it’s American territory, American soil, he fought an American, and he didn’t knock him out. The rules remain the same. Unfortunately you have to get the KO, especially when you fight in the manner that Lyoto fights which is a game of countering, of walking backwards. Quinton didn’t offer any danger whatsoever. It’s quite the opposite, right?”
Yes, Lyoto Machida’s style of fighting means he NEVER wins decisions. Between that and the fact that America is as corrupt as Japan when it comes to judging foreigners, it’s no big surprise that Lyoto Machida got screwed out of winning the fight!
Lyoto’s manager Ed Soares adds to the discussion:
“I watched the fight wanting to see Quinton win,” Soares said. “I don’t want to sit here saying, ‘Oh, it’s bad judging.’ I wanted to see what Quinton did to win that. In the first round, I think Lyoto did enough to win that first round. 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.”
So the fact that Lyoto’s style isn’t aggressive means that we shouldn’t count aggression against him, and the fact that Quinton was cutting off the cage shows that Lyoto was leading him around at will. Wow, that Lyoto. He’s amazing. Even when it looks like his style isn’t working for two out of the three rounds, it still is. Just because that’s how he fights, stupid.