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UFC 104 live results: Machida vs. Rua

Posted on: October 25, 2009 12:03 am
Edited on: October 25, 2009 1:01 am

Undefeated UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida defends his title against challenger Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in the main event of UFC 104.

Round 1: Shogun with a kick to the body. Machida with four knees from a Muay Thai clinch before they separate. Machida with another knee from the clinch as Shogun shoots in for a takedown. Shogun holding Machida against the fence, throwing knees to the thighs. Machida breaks free. Machida throws a high kick and Shogun connects on a low kick counter. Shogun tries for a takedown. They're against the fence again and Machida breaks free. Machida with an outside leg kick. Shogun rushes in with a punch-kick combo, but Machida eludes it. Machida with an inside leg kick, and Shogun answers it with an outside leg kick. Shogun is attacking every opening Machida leaves, even if he has to chase him to land it. Big leg kick by Shogun. Counterstrike right hand by Shogun. body kick by Shogun. Machida lunges in with a left jab. The round ends, and on my scorecard, the streak ends: 10-9 Shogun.

Round 2: Machida with a straight body kick and Rua counters with a fist. Shogun follows up with a leg kick. Machida with a very hard straight left to Rua's face, which backs him up for a second. Shogun whiffs on a head kick. Machida lands another left. Shogun ducks in for a takedown attempt and Machida times a knee to the head perfectly. Shogun fails to get the takedown. Machida with an outside leg kick. Body kick by Shogun. Machida with a body kick of his own. They both throw knees to the body at the same time, blocking each other. Shogun with a nice body kick but Machida stuffs the takedown attempt that follows. Shogun clinches Machida against the fence and Machida throws some knees to the ribs. Shogun attacks Machida's thighs with knees as the round ends. I'd narrowly give this round to Machida, 10-9.

Round 3: Shogun with another big body kick. Machida's side is totally red at this point. Leg kick by Shogun. Shogun mixes up the body kicks, switching from side to side as Machida changes his stance. Huge body kick by Machida. Rua with a kick and Machida counters with a fist. Shogun shoots for a takedown, doesn't get it, but smashes Machida with an elbow to the head on the break. Yet another big body kick by Shogun. The crowd is now chanting for Shogun, sensing that he's got a chance to win this. Machida with a body kick. Shogun chases Machida down with a big leg kick and Machida takes a clinch for a knee strike to counter. Machida backs Shogun up against the fence and unloads with fists and kicks. Shogun answers back with fists, including a hard right, and finally ties up Machida. The round ends. 10-9 Shogun heading into the championship rounds.

Round 4: Both men are being very measured in their strikes, cautious of the other's ability to counter. Shogun throws an inside leg kick and Machida answers with a one-two fist combo as Shogun blocks. Body kick by Shogun. Head kick by Machida is blocked by Shogun. Shogun with a takedown attempt at the fence, but it's a stalemate. Huge leg kick by Shogun and Machida fires back with three straight punches. Shogun with a left fist into a tie-up. He lands a short elbow on the break. Knee to the body and leg kick by Shogun. another leg kick by Shogun. The round ends, and Machida looks more tired and beaten up than Shogun does. 10-9 Shogun.

Round 5: If the judges agree with me, then Machida needs to finish Shogun in this round to keep his title. Shogun with more leg and body kicks. Machida countering with fists, but Shogun knows they're coming and blocks. Body kick by Shogun. Machida with a body kick. Shogun walks right into a big knee, but avoids a follow-up knee and ties up with Machida on the fence. The referee breaks it up for inactivity with two minutes left. Body kick by Shogun, followed by an inside leg kick. Machida with a knee to the body, and Shogun answers with a short elbow to the head. The crowd chants for Shogun again. Machida misses on a high kick. Machida throws a knee and Shogun blocks it, then attacks with fists. Left hand by Shogun and the buzzer sounds. Both men raise their arms, but I have to think Shogun just won the title. 10-9 Shogun, so I score the bout 49-46 for Mauricio Rua. We'll see what the judges think.

Winner: Lyoto Machida defeats Mauricio "Shogun" Rua via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47) after five rounds to remain UFC light heavyweight champion.

Wow. The crowd boos the decision.

Machida evaded the question on whether he thought he deserved the decision, saying all three judges said he earned the victory. But he was open to a rematch.

"Whenever," Machida said. "Whenever he wants, I try again. No problem."

"My corner told me that I was winning all the rounds," Rua said through an interpreter after the loss. "I feel like I won this fight, but a fight is a fight. What can I do."

There are several things to take away from this. Firstly, this was Mauricio Rua's best performance in a long, long time, and he deserves a rematch.

Secondly, this illustrates that perhaps Machida has earned a little bit of champion's favoritism, in that he needs to be completely dominated or finished in order to lose. If Machida and Shogun were two midcarders fighting, would Machida still have won that decision? Or was he given the benefit of the doubt due to not being finished or seriously rocked?

Lastly -- are leg and body kicks given enough credit on scorecards? Shogun didn't attack Machida's head very much, but after a full 25 minutes of successfully going after the legs and body, was he hurting his score purely due to that strategy? Does somebody need to knock Machida out cold in order to get credit for winning the standup battle?

I'm interested in your thoughts, so fire away.


Since: Jan 31, 2008
Posted on: November 7, 2009 10:48 am

UFC 104 live results: Machida vs. Rua

Well I know this fight was a while ago but when lose some money on the fight that was controlled by the challenger it's tough!
Shogun's problem is that he thought this was Pride Fight! Machicda would never won this fight on a bad decision in Pride.
He did nothing but avoid Shogun and Machida never had an answer when Shogun strike. He was a beaten Champ and Machida knows it...
The crowd boo'ed the decision. It should have gone to another round cause, Machida was not ready to fight. He's trying to be the Golden boy of MMA he said in his pregame vid! Pride judges are more technical and knowledgeable about the MMA game. The UFC judges are looking for the knock out and submission.. Machida knows that and he knew if he survive the whole fight and not look bad ne will retain..
We see alot of this happening when Pride guys come to UFC. When it comes to a Technical fight the champ will get the benfit of the judges' decision>>> However everyone who watches the fight knows Shogun won....

Since: Nov 2, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2009 4:56 pm

UFC 104 live results: Machida vs. Rua

i see ur point. though i say that yes shogun didn't do enough damage to machida. machida is the champ. shogun needed to land more of his takedown attempts. machida is the best counter striker today next to andrerson silva. silva and machida will be champs for a while ,so everyone should welcome theirselves to the best generation of  fighters maybe ever!!!!!

Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2009 10:14 pm

UFC 104 live results: Machida vs. Rua

I'm sick of people saying "They have to 'beat' the champ to take the title" in Boxing, MMA or any other sport where judges are involved. Why does the champ deserve special treatment? The other guy fought and trained just as hard to get a title shot as the champ did before him. If the champ doesn't "show up", train hard or get beat (like how Machida got beat), why should he get the "benefit of the doubt"; just because he is the champ? F*** that nonsense. If you lose, you lose. Plain and simple. Machida got owned. It doesn't matter how he got beat. Everyone and their mom knows it. My wife doesn't follow Boxing, MMA or any type of sport but she has eyes that can see Machida was systematically taken apart to the point where he couldn't really do anything except to keep taking kicks to the legs. Shogun, you my man got robbed. I am sorry for that. You deserve to be the champ plain and simple. If I just got owned and I won a decision, I would man up and tell the whole world I got owned. It's only fair.

Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: October 28, 2009 4:55 am

UFC 104 live results: Machida vs. Rua

I think it was a close fight, but I don't think Rua dominated like a lot of people say. Rua landed a lot of leg and body kicks, but how many times have you seen somebody knocked out by a leg or body kick? You could slap your body and it will turn red. Also, how many times did Rua try to take Machida down and fail? To me, that inability was not very impressive. Finally, what percentage of Rua's strikes actually landed? Being aggressive and attempting more kicks and strikes does not mean you win a fight. Machida's strategy has been counterstriking and thats what he did during the fight. For those that say Rua clearly won the fight, I think you just see what you want to see.  

Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: October 26, 2009 3:05 pm

UFC 104 live results: Machida vs. Rua

I totally agree with you. When they announced Machida to be the winner , they played only Rua's replays instead of Machida's . I thought it was totally biased. I believe that is what UFC's Dana White wanted. He wanted it to be a great rematch$$$

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2009 1:56 pm

UFC 104 live results: Machida vs. Rua

After watching the fight I think the reason why Shogun lost was due to his corner.  They should have known that there is the theory out there that "In order to be the man you got a beat the man".  Heading into the final round they tell Rua that he is winnning the fight.  I think because of that advice he did not go out there with the mentality that he had to be aggressive, and played it a lot safer then he would have without that comment.  Machida's looked spent, Shogun could have gone out there and tried to finish he off and really dominate the round.  Had he landed a few more heavy shots in that final round I believe he would have won. But he played it safe and unfortunately left it to the judges to give the fight to Machida. Oh well, either way the decision went you know there was going to be a rematch the next time the title was fought for.

Since: May 29, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2009 11:57 am

UFC 104 live results: Machida vs. Rua

MMA scoring needs some serious adjustments. They are using the same system as boxing, but there is so much more to take into account. Unfortunately, judging in the UFC is horrendous.

I have a problem with not one but 2 of the fights from this card.

1 - I am a Machida fan, but he lost this fight. I had it 4-1 Rua. Maybe 3-2 Rua, but no way does Machida win. He did nothing the last 2 rounds.

2 - Thibeau beats Neer on takedowns alone. He inflicted NO damage but won the fight handily (30-27, 30-27, 29-28). I think Neer pressed the action and did more damage on their feet and on the ground. But he was continuously taken down and therefore lost the fight.

Both fighter that won I am fans of, but I don't think they earned these victories

UFC still Rules

Since: Oct 25, 2009
Posted on: October 25, 2009 6:48 pm

UFC 104 live results: Machida vs. Rua

Forrest Griffin really damaged Rampage with those kicks, Rua did not.

Since: Oct 25, 2009
Posted on: October 25, 2009 5:23 pm

UFC 104 live results: Machida vs. Rua

HEY DANA!!!  If you're going to decide the results of the fight ahead of time then Ill just watch WWF.  That decision was unquestionably Bulls#@t and was made because UFC thinks Machida draws a bigger crowd.  Shogun Rua won that fight, undeniably, and UFC is rigged!!  

Since: Oct 25, 2009
Posted on: October 25, 2009 5:21 pm

UFC 104 live results: Machida vs. Rua

HEY DANA!!!  If you're going to decide the results of the fight ahead of time then Ill just watch WWF.  That decision was unquestionably Bulls#@t and was made because UFC thinks Machida draws a bigger crowd.  Shogun Rua won that fight, undeniably, and UFC is rigged!!  

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