Their controversial unanimous decision at UFC 104 has been beaten like a dead horse at this point, and it appears that the UFC has officially done something about it as light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida just Tweeted that he will be giving Mauricio “Shogun” Rua a mulligan at UFC 113.
“My next fight against shogun is [scheduled] for May 1st, but there is a possibility to change,” Machida Tweeted early Monday morning. “If it does I’ll let you know through here.”
Machida had surgery on his left hand back in November and has been on the mend ever since. The undefeated champ injured his haymaker while training for his UFC 104 bout with Rua.
It was rumored the organization was hoping to place Machida vs. Rua II on their New Year’s show earlier this month, but Machida’s surgery pushed the scrap back four months.
The pair initially met in a hard-fought battle at UFC 104 this past October. Although the champion was awarded a 48-47 score from all three judges sitting Octagon-side, most, if not all, the fans inside Staples Center in Los Angeles believed Machida had pulled off the biggest heist since Oceans 11.
Thankfully, the Brazilians will get a do-over inside the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Here are the other fighters rumored for the pay-per-view-broadcast:
Sam Stout vs. Jeremy Stephens
Patrick Cote vs. Alan Belcher
Marcus Davis vs. Jonathan Goulet
Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson vs. Matt Mitrione
Rashad Evans vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Lyoto Machida (UFC Light Heavyweight Champion)