Immediately following Lyoto Machida’s knockout victory over Rashad Evans, everyone thought the UFC was going with a fastball right down the middle by giving Quinton “Rampage” Jackson an immediate title shot. Instead, the UFC threw us a curve and gave Mauricio “Shogun” Rua the nod instead.
Numerous media outlets have confirmed that bout agreements have been signed on both ends, which will have the two talented light heavyweights facing off at UFC 104 on October 24th inside the Staples Center.
This bout was all but official after Rampage passed on Machida to challenge Evans as coach on “The Ultimate Fighter 10.” Machida was down for whomever, and now signs point to an all-Brazilian 205-pound title tilt.
With Shogun’s shocking TKO victory over Chuck Liddell at UFC 97, he propelled himself back into the light heavyweight title picture, which has apparently earned him a title shot against “The Dragon.”
Karate-king Machida has yet to find himself in any amount of trouble during his current run in the UFC where he has compiled an 8-0 record, not dropping a single round along the way.
The elusive champ will look to extend his professional MMA record to a perfect 16-0 in his first-ever title defense.
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