After being forced to accept a controversial unanimous decision loss to Lyoto Machida at UFC 104, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua promised to leave no doubt as to who the planet’s best light heavyweight was in their rematch at UFC 113 on Saturday.
Shogun was firing on all cylinders inside the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, as it took him less than one round to hand Machida his first professional blemish en route to capturing the 205-pound title.
“This time instead of working my kicks, I worked on my hands,” Rua said. “It worked this time.”
You can say that again …
Although Machida was awarded a 48-47 score from all three judges sitting Octagon-side in their hard-fought battle this past October, most, if not all, of the fans inside Staples Center in Los Angeles believed Shogun was robbed.
The verdict was so questionable, it prompted UFC president Dana White to schedule an immediate mulligan.
Both fighters were irritated with what went down that night in L.A. Machida was miffed everyone – including White – believed he had lost despite being awarded a UNANIMOUS DECISION, while Shogun was obviously upset over the bogus scores. They swore to use it as motivation to win decisively in their next meeting, and perhaps that is what caused “The Dragon” to be put to sleep.
Former UFC light heavyweight champ and one-time Machida victim, Rashad Evans, said during ESPN2’s post-fight coverage that he believed Machida was overly aggressiveness and that is what ultimately cost him his title.
The Brazilian started his career a perfect 16-0 by becoming MMA’s most elusive striker. He would irritate foes with his dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge ways, then capitalize when they overexerted themselves out of frustration.
Rua marks the sixth UFC light heavyweight champion in three years. The weight class has never been more talent so let’s see how long he can prevent the revolving door from shooting him out.