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Dana White confirms Lyoto Machida vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua was the first to confirm the light heavyweight championship bout between Lyoto Machida and Maurico “Shogun” Rua earlier this month through sources close to the fight and UFC President Dana White has recently made the bout announcement public.

White’s confirmation of the title fight came during a segment that ran during The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale last night.

In’s June 6 report we were also able to confirm that the bout is expected to take place during UFC 104 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

Machida recently captured the UFC’s light-heavyweight championship on May 23 at UFC 98 where he brutally knocked out Rashad Evans in the second round. He has compiled wins over Tito Ortiz, Sokoudjou and Thiago Silva in the octagon while putting together victories over the likes of B.J. Penn, Rich Franklin and Stephan Bonnar prior to his career with the UFC.

Rua looked as if he had returned to his old dominant form in his last bout with Chuck Liddell at UFC 97 where he TKO’d the former UFC light heavyweight champ in the opening round.

  • cocoonofhorror says:


  • pp says:

    I hope Shogun gets in better shape for this one so we can see a decent fight. Too bad Rampage cares more about money than the championship. Oh well, maybe this is what’s best for him so that he doesn’t have to worry about losing and going on a rampage again.

  • redness says:

    A win over a done Chuck gets you a shot after Forest pounded him out. I am not even counting the Coleman fight which he looked bad.

  • PlagueAngel says:

    I agree with “redness” 100%. If you look at the big picture however, the only reason Shogun is getting the shot is becuase other fighters are tied down with other fights or television show. If Forrest didn’t agree with his fight, he would probably be fighting Machida. Believe me though, Rampage knows he needs to prepare for Machida and try to find a chink in his armor. Maybe this is why he decided to do the show instead of the title shot.

  • neijia says:

    Rua is not the same fighter he was nor can he return to his previous form:

    1. UFC does not allow kicks to the head of a downed opponent.
    2. Rua’s knees are probably screwed up permanently. If your knees are messed up, you can’t punch right and can’t takedown right. Machida has the same elite level of grappling and better takedown defense in any case.
    3. Late 20’s athletes simply do not have the same energy as early to mid 20’s athletes.

    Due to age and screwed up knees he has to be in shape. Maybe we’ll get lucky. His style of go-for-it rd 1 T/KO’s against Machida’s cant-touch-this elusiveness could make for a great bout.

  • s00nertp says:

    In my mind, Shogun will always be the vicious tornado he was in Pride FC. Similar to Wanderlei, Randy, Fedor, Nogueria, etc…. I’ll always look to his fights with a sense of boyish glee about what’s to come and dread if the dream dies a little and these fighters lose horribly.

  • sigmund says:

    I cant wait for this fight, I think shogun has a better chance of beating machida then rampage. I would like to know where luis cane is in this picture as well


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