Machida: I couldn't recover from Jon Jones' elbow strikePosted on December 12, 2011, 11:04 AM by Anton Gurevich
Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida looked back at his performance at the main event of last weekend's UFC 140 in Toronto, Canada. Machida was submitted out cold by Jon Jones, who defened his UFC 205 belt for the second consecutive time. According to Machida, things went during the first moments of the fight, but the situation changed drastically when Jones landed an elbow strike that cut "The Dragon" towards the end of Round 2. From there, Machida admits it was only a matter of time for Jon Jones to claim his victory, going through another Mixed Martial Arts legend on his way to becoming a legend himself:
Full Interview at TATAME.com:
Well, I guess it was a hard fight. The preparation was tougher in all aspects. We went there and tried to do our job. We set a game plan that, from where I’m standing, until a certain moment was working, but he landed that elbow and I got dizzy, I couldn’t see things straight anymore and it disturbed me because I couldn’t see. And on that moment I thought: “I gotta do my best here and now”. And that’s what happened.
I guess I didn’t have enough time. He took me down launching an elbow on me, and that surprised me a little, because I thought he would take me down but I would have a little time to think it straight. It was very fast and I had my head close to the fence, he hit me with an elbow, I couldn’t see and I tried to stand up and he hit me even more… I stood up and the judge interrupted, but we started fighting again and I didn’t have enough time to recover from that.
Following the defeat, previously undefeated Lyoto Machida drops to 17-3 in his MMA career.