Tatame has a new interview with Lyoto Machida (kindly translated by sherdogger Kawauchi) where Machida talks about his fight with Tito Ortiz and Dana White’s reaction to his performance:
Tatame: Anything happened behind the scenes of UFC? Dana White was having problems with Ortiz … He mentioned something about your victory?
Lyoto: He said he liked a lot. I said I did my best and he said he was happy. He also said that almost vomit when Tito put that triangle, but it was getting better when he saws that I was escaping. It was a fight of much emotion, had a great responsibility upon me. About 30 minutes before the fight Dana White was in my locker room and greeted me, said he was eager. I had much pressure. Despite being out of his fight with Ortiz, I was indirectly involved. I felt he was cheer much for me, but I knew that the public was to Tito. I was booed at the end.
For all my naked hatred of Machida’s fighting style, there’s very little to hate about him as a person- well, past him being a bit bland. But even Machida realizes that he is what he is and that it might be pretty difficult to market him as a champion:
Tatame: Many American critics consider you a great fighter, but that would not be as good marketing, if win the belt. What do you think this?
Lyoto: I agree, those guys really are right. Wanderlei, for example, is an experienced and has an aggressive and marketable style. This is a guy who calls the matches for him, calls the fight, causes and have that part, but I can not change my style. I can compensate in another way, with my technique and my life story, the family, that really is true. I know that could be better in that part, but I can not change my style. I can try to improve technically and be more aggressive. I know that, showing my work, I will have that opportunity to fight for the belt.