Last week, Lyoto Machida who suffered his third straight loss returned from a lengthy hiatus to fight against Derek Brunson on October 28.
Derek Brunson knocked out “The Dragon” in the opening round at UFC Sao Paulo; all the fans were shocked by his disastrous loss.
Former light heavyweight champion finally broke the silence and issues a statement on social media: ‘giving up will never be an option’
“I would like to thank all the support I’ve received from my fans! I’m home, with my family, recovering from a result that didn’t come, but with a sense of achievement, since anyone could have given up the idea of returning to the battlefield after almost 2 years away from the sports. My biggest loss would be giving up the dream that once was my blessing. An even bigger loss would be inspiring you not to go ahead when all you need to do is to keep your head up and go on. Thus, I thank you all for the messages full of affection and strength. Saying that the Dragon is back and then giving up will never be an option! The day I decided I wouldn’t stop fighting, I wanted to show you that, regardless of all the hardship of life, you are either a fighter or a quitter. What defines a man in his essence is not losing or winning, but his journey for what he believes. Once more, thank you for being by my side. I will always count on your support, and know that I will be supporting you back.”
Lyoto Machida was looking to take part at UFC’s first trip to Belem on Feb. 3 but Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) issued a 60-day medical suspension after his brutal loss to Brunson.