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'Dragon' Slayer: A loss to Randy Couture and the UFC 'won't feel sorry' for Lyoto Machida

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Quoteworthy:

"We know Randy Couture is a great champion, a guy who helped to build the sport as it is, and it's a great pleasure to have this fight on my résumé, because I'll be part of Randy Couture's history on the sport. He added much to MMA. I believe we can win, we have many weapons. Despite he's on a certain age, he's tough and experienced, and he's been fighting guys like Minotauro, and he did tough fights and he's tough for anyone. ... UFC considers the incomes a lot, the profits, and if I'm not pleasing the fans anymore, they won't feel sorry for me. That's why I've always invested on me a lot, and it won't be any different now. If I did a lot, I'll do a lot more now. I'll give my best trying to win."

Boy, we sure have come a long way since Joe Rogan proclaimed we were entering "the Machida era" back in May 2009, huh? Since "The Dragon" karate chopped his way to the light heavyweight title by defeating Rashad Evans at UFC 98, he's taken a controversial decision win over Mauricio Rua before getting knocked out in short order in the rematch and then dropped a questionable decision to "Rampage" Jackson. Not exactly a swan dive into the asphalt but it's certainly been quite the fall from grace. The Brazilian knows he has to bring his "A" game to Toronto where he'll take on "Father Time" himself, Randy Couture. If he doesn't it's possible he'll head back to Belem with a pink slip in hand. And he knows not to count out "The Natural" seeing as he's spent his entire career proving the doubters wrong. In what essentially amounts to a loser leaves town match, who's leaving Canada still gainfully employed by the UFC?

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