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Lyoto Machida releases statement following loss to Derek Brunson

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Lyoto Machida lost to Derek Brunson in the first round in Sao Paulo.
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Lyoto Machida suffered his third straight loss in his return to the Octagon on Oct. 28, but "giving up will never be an option."

“The Dragon” was finished by Derek Brunson in the opening round at UFC Sao Paulo, which took place in Brazil on Oct. 28, and released a statement on his social media four days after the quickest defeat of his MMA career,

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.

Machida (22-8) was looking to compete at UFC’s first trip to Belem on Feb. 3, but was issued a 60-day medical suspension by the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) after his defeat to Brunson.

The former UFC light heavyweight champion has now lost four of his last five fights in the Octagon, stopped in his last three. His most recent win dates back to Dec. 2014, a 62-second TKO over C.B. Dolloway in Barueri, Brazil.

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