It wasn’t the most inspiring 15 minutes in the octagon this past Saturday when Dan Henderson and Lyoto Machida squared-off. Regardless, if you ask the fighters, they felt the technical battle should have served a much different result than what the judges rendered. In case you missed, it ended in a split-decision with Machida earning the victory, but according to “The Dragon,” it should have been decisive in his favor.
“I felt that I won the fight,” Machida told Fox Sport. “Because in my score, I kneed him many times. I kicked him. I took him down. In the third round, he didn’t take me down. I slipped, and he took advantage of this. I felt I won the three rounds, and I was very surprised by the split decision.”
“It was my game plan to keep the fight standing up and to avoid the ground position and his right hands. Look at my face. Nothing. [He kicked me] just a little bit in the legs, but I can put ice on that and it will go away soon. I can make my distance, and I kick hard. I didn’t let him grab me, and I [avoided] a lot of wrestling.”
“When I slipped, he took advantage and kept the fight on the ground just to [score] points. I thought, ‘I have to keep the fight standing up and be more aggressive and try to knock him out.’” – Post-fight interview Fuel TV
Now as for Hendo, he saw the fight completely different.
“Normally that’s not my type of fight, a little bit boring,” Henderson said at the UFC 157 post-fight press conference. “He did a good job moving around and was real hard to hit. I needed to stay in his face and cut him off a little bit better and make him fight. He did a good job not fighting.”
“I won the fight, but not officially. I hit him whenever he wanted to fight. He ran away most of the time.” - Post-fight interview Fuel TV