FiveOuncesOfPain.com has been able to confirm that Lyoto Machida‘s first title defense will come against none other than Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
Sources close to the fight have confirmed with FiveOuncesOfPain.com that the championship match up will go down in Los Angeles, California at UFC 104.
Machida recently knocked out Rashad Evans in devastating fashion at UFC 98 to capture the light heavyweight championship on May 23. He has gone undefeated in his mixed martial arts career, compiling wins over the likes of Stephan Bonnar, B.J. Penn and Rich Franklin before his arrival in the UFC, and wins over the likes of Sokoudjou, Tito Ortiz and Thiago Silva since then.
Rua is fresh off of one of the most impressive performances of his career as he recently TKO’d former light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell in the first round of their UFC 97 bout. His previous appearance in the Octagon saw the Brazilian TKO Mark Coleman in the third round at UFC 93.