The former champ was kind enough to sit down and answer a few questions after his loss to Lyoto Machida.
Q: Rashad, what did you think of Machida's 'elusive' style?
Rashad: Elusive? You know what weren't elusive? His feet. You know what else weren't elusive? His fists. Somebody should have clarified that for me before the fight. If he was elusive tonight I don't want to face the man when he decides to stop being elusive.
Q: A lot of people complain that they fall asleep when they watch Machida fight, what do you think about that?
Rashad: I can relate, I feel asleep during our fight. Ok, I was actually unconscious does that count?
Q: Did you think your head movement and speed helped you in the fight as many predicted?
Rashad: Yeah I think that by moving around a lot I got in a pretty good workout before he knocked me out. Otherwise it might have been a really short fight. So yeah I'm happy to get a little conditioning out of the fight.
Q: Some people thought that you were still trash talking right before he knocked you out, is this true?
Rashad: Absolutely not, I sleep with my mouth open that's all.
Q: Do you think forcing Machida to come to you helped to negate his counterpunching?
Rashad: Yes, it totally helped. He was so busy punching and kicking me first that he had no time to counterpunch, so that strategy was completely successful.
Q: People felt that you had the power advantage before the fight, do you agree?
Rashad: Yes, I definitely have the heavier hands. Too bad he wouldn't stand still and let me hit him, then I could have proved that to my fans. Plus the guy had to hit me what? Six or seven times in a row to knock me out? Weakling.
Q: Why didn't you take the fight to the ground?
Rashad: I did, I fell down after he punched me but he kept punching and kicking me when we got down there.
Q: Rashad, thank you and good luck in the future.
Rashad: No problem, hey do you know if Silva is going to be retiring at 185? Maybe I can lose a few pounds.
*All kidding aside, I acknowledge that Rashad was very gracious in defeat.
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