Gegard Mousasi didn’t take the road often traveled by UFC fighters after his loss to Lyoto Machida Saturday night in Brazil.

Instead, Mousasi gave credit to “The Dragon” for securing a decision victory in their main event five-round battle.

“I don’t know. I think he was just better,” said Mousasi, during the post-fight press conference (thanks to for the quotes). “I couldn’t get into my game. He was just a step before me always.”

Mousasi (34-4-2) did believe the scoring should have been a little closer, as two judges had it 50-45 and another 49-46, saying, “maybe I had one round. Maybe two.”

The win likely moves Machida into a possible title shot if he is healthy enough to face the winner of Chris Weidman-Vitor Belfort later this year.

For Mousasi, he can either decide to remain at 185 pounds or move back up to light heavyweight, which is where he made his Octagon debut last year with a victory over Ilir Latifi. He was forced to undergo knee surgery after that fight, putting him on the sidelines for 10 months.

The lengthy time off, though, wasn’t a reason for the loss, according to Mousasi.

“It could be, but I don’t think so,” he said. “I think rhythm helps always. But I felt good going into the fight and I had no injuries.”