UFC President Dana White spoke to the Las Vegas Sun following Saturday’s UFC 123 pay-per-view and said he has no plans to book a rematch between Rampage Jackson and Lyoto Machida.
White agrees with the judges’ split decision for Rampage and explained why he deserved the win:
“As far as I’m concerned, and as far as the judges are concerned, Rampage won the fight…. [Machida] put on that burst [in the third round] where he landed five or six punches but there was no knockdown. You don’t win a fight by landing five or six punches. It’s a three round fight. You win two of the rounds, then you’re the winner.”
“Rampage fought a brilliant fight tonight. I loved the way that every time Machida would throw a leg kick — here’s the thing, if Rampage fights the way he usually does and Machida keeps throwing those leg kicks, Rampage wouldn’t have been able to walk after the second round. But every time Machida would throw that leg kick, Rampage would come forward and fire. When they would clinch, Rampage would do damage the entire time. I thought he fought a brilliant fight and the type of fight he had to against Machida.”