On Saturday former Strikeforce and Dream light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi dropped down to middleweight vs. former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida. Mousasi lost in the Fight of the Night.
Afterwards, he didn't say he had the flu, or an injury to his boo boo. He could have cited ring rust, as he hadn't fought since beating Ilir Latifi last April.
"Rhythm always helps, but I felt good in the fight," said Mousasi at the post-fight press conference as transcribed by MMAFighting. "I don’t think so."
Instead, Mousasi gave the sport a lesson in how to talk about defeat - he was honest.
"He was always a step ahead," said Gegard. "I just couldn’t get started."
"I don’t know about the scoring. Maybe I had one round, maybe two..."
Mousasi lost the fight, but he won the Fight of the Night award, and he doubtless won even more fans for his integrity during the fight, and after it.