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.”