Looking Ahead to “UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun”

Written by 5thRound.com Staff
September 24th, 2009

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With UFC 103 officially in the books, let’s take a look ahead to the UFC’s next major promotion. “UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun” will be taking place on October 24th at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Angelenos will play witness to light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida’s first-ever title defense as he faces fellow Brazilian, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

Machida defeated Rashad Evans at UFC 98 to capture the crown and pushed his unbeaten record to 15-0 with the knockout victory. The elusive-one has run roughshod through the 205-pound division, making each victory appear easier and easier.

Rua has taken a much different route to his #1 contender slot. After narrowly getting past an aging Mark Coleman at UFC 93, Rua TKO’ed former light heavyweight king Chuck Liddell at UFC 97 to put him back at the top of the light heavyweight division.

The pay-per-view broadcast will being at 10PM ET/7PM PT. Here are the fighters slated to compete in the night’s event:

Preliminary Bouts:

Chase Gormley vs. Stefan Struve
Razak Al-Hassan vs. Kyle Kingsbury
Josh Neer vs. Gleison Tibau
Ryan Bader vs. Eric Schafer
Jorge Rivera vs. Rob Kimmons
Yushin Okami vs. Chael Sonnen
Antoni Hardonk vs. Pat Barry

Main Bouts:

Anthony Johnson vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida
Joe Stevenson vs. Spencer Fisher
Ben Rothwell vs. Cain Velasquez
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Lyoto Machida (UFC Light Heavyweight Champion)

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