After waiting seven long months to get another crack at undefeated UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua was finally able to crack the code 16 other fighters (including himself) were unable to solve.
Saturday’s main event started out very similar to their October fight at UFC 104, where Machida took home a controversial unanimous decision. Shogun was more efficient with his attack and capitalized on the mulligan by knocking out the former undefeated champ in the 1stRound.
“This time I came in to take risks, take chances and come here and try to finish the fight and knock him out,” Rua said through his translator.
A last-minute rumor was circulating on the Internet regarding a possible knee injury Rua suffered while training, but apparently it was nothing more than chatter.
“I was well prepared. I was fit and ready to fight. I truly had appendicitis, but other than that the other stuff is just rumors,” the new champ explained.
Many thought after Machida had beaten Rashad Evans at UFC 98 that a new era had started in the 205-pound division.
With his impressive win last night inside the Bell Centre, Rua became the sixth different UFC light heavyweight title holder since 2007.