I'm 35 years old now and I have more than 20 fights in my career and when I was young, I was desperate not to lose," Machida said. "Before I got the title, that was the one thing I was so worried about: Don't lose. I don't want a loss now, but it's different. Since I won the belt, I lost by submission, by knockout, decision, every part of the game.
"I've been around and I understand the business. At my age now, there is less pressure. There is always pressure to perform, but I don't worry about losing so much now. I just want to go out there and perform the best way that I can."
Machida, who fights Mark Munoz in the main event of UFC Fight Night 30, doesn't wish to talk about a title shot until this bout is in the books.
"Of course, everyone thinks about the title, but I prefer right now not to even talk about it," Machida said. "It makes no sense, because I'm just arriving at 185 pounds. I need to fight the best in the world and get some wins before I do any of that talk."
UFC President Dana White opened up about Machida, saying his counter-punching style will never make him a fan favorite.
"He's too conservative," White said of Machida. "You go out against guys with that elusive, runaway style and it's never going to win you fights or fans. I would say that's more the reason."
Machida's bout against Munoz will be his first UFC test in the middleweight division, and White says its going to be a huge test for him.
"This is a big fight for Machida," White said. "He's going in at [185 pounds] for the first time, against Munoz, who is ranked in the top five. A win here puts him in a real good position. He was starting to get in no man's land at 205."
Machida fights Munoz on Oct. 26 in the main event of UFC Fight Night 30, live in Manchester, England.