There’s no question that the UFC got this one right as they pitted the two best light heavyweights together for UFC 104‘s main event. Lyoto Machida was successful in his first light heavyweight title defense by taking a unanimous decision victory over the challenger, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
The fans inside Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA voiced their displeasure with the decision by booing Machida as he was being interviewed by Joe Rogan during his post-fight Octagon interview.
Even if it was a controversial decision, the one thing that must be stated is that it’s NOT a fighter’s fault for any decision that a judge renders. A wise man once said that, “In order to be the man, you HAVE to beat the man.” (Thank you Ric Flair)
According to the 48-47 scores on all three judges cards, they didn’t feel Rua did enough to take Machida’s title away. Although the fight was difficult to score, with a couple of the middle rounds teetering a very thin line, it’s odd to see all three officials view the fight one way and the rest of the arena, including UFC president Dana White, seeing it another.
“Shogun” was classy in defeat, but was visibly disappointed in the dubious decision.
“My corner told me that I was winning all the rounds,” Rua told Rogan following the fight. “I feel like I won this fight, but a fight is a fight. What can I do?”
With all that said and done, Machida just passed his toughest test to date and he’s still undefeated as he improved his record to an impressive 16-0.
Now everyone is wondering who’s next for the champion. Well, you don’t have to look any further than the man that was standing opposite him on Saturday night as White is already pushing for an automatic rematch.
“I’m ready to make this rematch as fast as we can,” White said at the UFC 104 post-fight press conference. “That’s me the fight fan, the business man, whatever you want to call me. I want to see this fight again.”
Can I get a do-over, please …