"I'm happy to fight again with (Machida), not because I think I won the first match but to have a new opportunity to fight for the belt. My big dream is to win the belt, so I want that fight again because it is a fight for the belt ... I can’t change a lot of my game because I’ve fought this way for 10 years, so I cannot totally change my game just because of Machida. Thank God I could annul his game, but unfortunately I could not win the belt. Now I have a new battle ahead, and I will make a new strategy. I'm in very basic training, but in February I’ll already be training harder. I believe that [light heavyweight] is the most competitive in the world. It always was. I know you will never have a breeze, and as I fight in the UFC, which is the biggest event in the world, I know I'll always face tough guys and can’t expect to have easy bouts. I know that and I will always expect to face the top fighters of the division."
A non-bitter Mauricio Rua tells Sherdog.com that his goal is to win the UFC light heavyweight belt -- not exact revenge on Lyoto Machida simply because he feels the decision did not go his way in their first encounter. Rua and Machida battled for five rounds at UFC 104 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., back on Oct. 24 and most fans, including UFC President Dana White, felt "Shogun" did enough to win a decision over the undefeated karate sensation. However, he didn't, losing two rounds two three. In fact, all three judges -- Nelson Hamilton, Cecil Peoples and Marcos Rosales -- scored it 48-47 for the "Dragon." Now the Brazilians will square off once again in Montreal on May 1 to settle the score and put an end to the controversy. Hopefully it doesn't go to a decision.