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Dana White: Lyoto Machida vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua II, Believe it!

Written by Tom Ngo
October 26th, 2009
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Although light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida successfully defended his title at UFC 104 against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, there weren’t too many fans that left the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA thinking he should have exited the Octagon with UFC gold still wrapped around his waist.

UFC fans are notorious for expressing their loud and boisterous opinions, however following this 5Round affair, it was UFC president Dana White that appeared to be the most disappointed fan of them all.

“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 fan, whatever you want to call me. I want to see this fight again.”

They say that you don’t ever forget your firsts, and Machida will certainly have a difficult time forgetting his first title defense as he faced the toughest challenge of his impeccable career.  The two Brazilians battled for five grueling rounds, with each stanza becoming harder and harder to score.

Although the championship bout was close, it appeared obvious to most the challenger had done enough to upset the division’s top dog and capture the light heavyweight crown. However, much to the surprise of nearly everyone in attendance, Machida was awarded a UNANIMOUS DECISION WIN BY ALL THREE JUDGES.

Machida, who appeared to be shocked by the announcement, joyfully screamed as if he had just found the last Golden Ticket. The bad part is, the ENTIRE Staples Center crowd started expressing their displeasure regarding the scores and let the UFC and their champ know all about it.

“I don’t think guys want to come in here all banged up, bumped out and lose and win the way these guys did tonight. I don’t think we’ll see the same fight the second time,” White said. “You never want to hear people booing the main event. It’s unfortunate. That’s why I truly believe, I think this will be a good rematch.”

He’s not the only one that believes a mulligan is in order. A disappointed Shogun also shared his thoughts on not walking away with the strap, however stated that he was definitely down to set a rematch up ASAP.

“Of course I’m thinking about a rematch ever since the fight, and if that’s Dana’s wish and Lyoto’s wish, I’ll fight him anywhere, anytime, wherever. It’s just a matter of people wanting to put the fight together,” said the former top ranked 205-pounder in the world.

White appears more than ready to go as well. In fact, by the way he was pushing it at the UFC 104 post-fight presser, you would have thought the modern-day Don King had already signed the paperwork to host “Machida vs. Shogun II” next weekend.

“I think that the second fight will be the fight we want to see,” White added. “I love this rematch. I think it’s a great rematch.”

Can someone please explain to me what UNANIMOUS means again?

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