With his first title fight just a week away, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua shares his thoughts on how he intends to counter light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida’s exceptional karate skills and unparalleled elusiveness. Sure Machida has looked like the Anderson Silva of the light heavyweight division en route to capturing a perfect 15-0 record, but Shogun senses an upset is brewing.
After his knockout of former UFC champ Chuck Liddell at UFC 97, Shogun proved to the mixed martial arts world that he has returned to his pre-knee surgery form, a place where he dominated the world rankings even though he never held a major title.
Although he will be entering his UFC 104 scrap a 4.5-to-1 underdog, the Brazilian knows that if Shogun circa 2005 shows up inside the Octagon, it could be a long night for the champ. Or a short one, depending on how you wanna look at it.
UFC 104 will be jumping off inside the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on October 24th.
Check out what the 27-year-old had to say about the biggest fight of his career: