I thought it was a pretty boring fight. Everyone wants to see the stand up fights, but I am bored with constant leg kicks and kick attempts to the body. I think kicks are an important part of the MMA game, but outside of several lame takedown attempts from Rua, there was no ground game what so ever. The pace of this fight never changed.
If Machida wants to win the next fight all he has to do is take down Rua and pound out a victory. Easier said than done, but that fight I just watched, I don't want to see that type of fight again.
As for the decision, I could have easily given the first 3 rounds to Machida, I could have easily given them to Rua, so title holder keeps his belt.
Machida caught Rua a several more times with blows to the head, sure Rua countered with leg kicks or middle kicks, and Rogan blew his wad over the counters, but Machida was landing. I think strikes to the head are going to win fights more often than leg kicks which have little scoring value unless they are crippling fighters. Rua's kicks had an effect on Machida, but not once did Machida's knee buckle or did he lose his balance. No follow ups on the leg kicks either.