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“UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun” Upon Further Review …

Written by 5thRound.com Staff
October 26th, 2009
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With so much controversy surrounding Saturday day night’s UFC 104 event, we felt is necessary to watch light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida take on Mauricio “Shogun” Rua again. This time, we took Josh Gross of SI.com’s idea to watch without any commentary as to not be influenced by UFC commentators,Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan.

Without further adieu, here’s how we saw the scrap the second time around without any outside influences:

Lyoto Machida
Lyoto Machida

(Champion)
vs
Mauricio Rua
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
(Challenger)
1stRound: A very relaxed challenger is going blow-for-blow with the champion but Machida is able to use his in-and-out style to throw one scoring strike and is able to back away from danger. Other than a brief Machida flurry that saw him land a couple of shots, the most significant strike was a flying knee that landed in Rua’s midsection as Rua was shooting in for a takedown. Machida takes the 1stRound 10-9.

2ndRound: As the round begins, you can already see some redness on Machida’s ribs from Rua’s body kicks but Machida still looks as composed as he always does. Rua is owning the center of the Octagon but that could be to Machida’s liking. Every time Rua attacks, Machida is able to land a flying knee or a counter punch to keep Rua at bay. It’s clear to see that Rua is the one pushing the pace of the fight while Machida is content to wait and see. The round is scored as a 10-10 draw.

3rdRound: Rua is starting to look fresher and quicker to the punch but Machida is able to land a quick combination to back Rua off. Machida lands a nice body kick but Rua counters back with a leg kick as you can start to see Rua’s confidence increase. Rua lands a nice elbow while separating from the clinch, it’s hard to see whether or not it landed cleanly. Rua flurries twice but can only land small shots while Machida flurries back and has Rua up against the cage covering up and throwing when he can. Machida is getting the better shots in but Rua lands the biggest strike, a right hook that puts an end to Machida’s rush. Rua narrowly takes the 3rdRound 10-9.

4thRound: A very heavy-footed Machida is making it easier for the fresher-looking Rua to land a few leg kicks. Machida attempts a head kick that’s blocked and he slips while throwing another kick, Rua tries to shoot in for a takedown but is unable to get the champion to his back. Rua lands another elbow after separating from the clinch. Another close round that could go either way but Machida is starting to look worn down, Rua takes the 4thRound 10-9.

5thRound: The fight is now clearly going at Rua’s pace as the kicks to Machida’s body and legs are landing more frequently. Rua comes with a barrage of missed shots until he catches Machida flush in the face with a punch that may have caused a cut near Machida’s lip. The champion shows his first signs of life as he lands a knee to Rua’s chest and forehead with in a Muay-Thai clinch. Rua takes another knee while going for a takedown but doesn’t seem to notice it while clinching with Machida. Once again Machida eats an elbow and a overhand right as they separate. Both fighters are starting to looked gassed as the fight comes to an end. Once again, Rua edges Machida out in the 5thRound.

Based on our unbiased and humble opinion, Rua probably should have won the fight 3 rounds-to-1 or 2, depending on how you scored the the 2ndRound. Something that we should mention is that the fight was a LOT closer the second time around then when we watched it live.

Regardless of the outcome, expect that UFC to together a rematch ASAP as the bitterness remains caught in most MMA fans’ mouths, so you know it will be a hot ticket.

Here is how the judges scored the fight on Saturday night:

Marcos Rosales (Machida 48-47):

1stRound: Machida 10-9
2ndRound: Machida 10-9
3rdRound: Machida 10-9
4thRound: Rua 10-9
5thRound: Rua 10-9

Cecil Peoples (Machida 48-47):

1stRound: Machida 10-9
2ndRound: Machida 10-9
3rdRound: Machida 10-9
4thRound: Rua 10-9
5thRound: Rua 10-9

Nelson Hamilton (Machida 48-47):

1stRound: Rua 10-9
2ndRound: Machida 10-9
3rdRound: Machida 10-9
4thRound: Machida 10-9
5thRound: Rua 10-9

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