Posted on: May 9, 2010 12:15 am
Edited on: May 9, 2010 1:54 am
In the main event, Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida defends his light heavyweight title against the man many believe was robbed out of a decision in their last fight, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.
As the undercard fights were happening earlier tonight, word broke (via ESPN's Franklin McNeil) that an unnamed source said Rua injured his knee in training and will be fighting hurt.
Yahoo! Sports' Kevin Iole later commented on Twitter that Dana White denied the report. On one hand, If Rua was fighting hurt, I don't think he'd necessarily tell White (or anyone else) about it beforehand. And if White did know something, I wouldn't expect him to go chit-chatting about it on press row. I guess we'll know for sure once the fight starts.
Round 1: Shogun kicks the lead leg almost immediately. Machida's karate stance leaves him open to Rua's strategy. Rua throws a three-punch combo, landing two of them clean. Leg kicks from both guys. Rua tries for a takedown and Machida turns it around on him. Rua sweeps and gets back to his feet, clinching Machida against the fence. They separate and Rua pushes forward quickly with a flurry of fists. A right hand looks to have stunned Machida briefly.
Rua with another takedown attempt and Machida ends up on top, again. They stand and Machida lands a couple of good knees to the body. Rua with a head kick, Machida blocks it. Rua with a big right hand that sends Machida to the canvas. Rua unloads on him from the top, eventually knocking Machida out cold. Your new UFC light heavyweight champion is Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, and he did it in very convincing fashion. So much for a bum knee.
Winner: Mauricio Rua defeats Lyoto Machida via KO due to strikes at 3:35 of Round 1 to win the UFC light heavyweight title.
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.
Posted on: January 17, 2009 4:48 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2009 5:21 pm
UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman fights for the first time since Oct. 2006, in a PRIDE rematch against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. Both fighters have a lot to prove here, with Rua not only looking to avenge the prior loss to Coleman, but also looking for his first UFC win.
Coleman has a very serious look on his face as he enters to AC/DC's "Back in Black." Among the men in his corner is "New York Bad Ass," Phil Baroni, who is animated enough for the both of them.
Round 1: Shogun avoided eye contact with Coleman during the staredown. Both fighters got a kind reaction from the audience and they shook hands beforehand. Rua hits Coleman with a big right and Rua nailed him with a knee at the same time. Coleman connects a few times with some strikes as Rua tries to get up. Rua is rolling for a kneebar but Coleman escapes. Shogun with a big right hand. Coleman takes him down. The crowd is now chanting "Shogun." Coleman looking for ground and pound and Rua takes his arm. Rua escapes to him feet and actually takes Coleman down and passes his guard. Rua with side control, close to the fence. Coleman turns his feet to the cage and tries to use the fence to brace himself and escape from the bottom. Rua striking down at Coleman as Coleman punches upward at Rua. They're back to their feet. Coleman with a left, but he's looking tired already. Rua with kicks. Coleman shoots for a takedown. Coleman tries to get up and Rua attempts to take his back. Rua decks Coleman with a right and Coleman slowly falls down, appearing more exhausted than hurt. Coleman throws some hands but Rua answers with jabs and knees as the round ends. 10-9 Rua, and Coleman looks completely out of gas.
Round 2: If Coleman can't finish Rua early, he's doomed. Rua with leg kicks. Coleman hits a pair of nice jabs. Rua with an uppercut. Coleman shoots for a takedown and gets it. While Coleman catches his breath, Rua is back to his feet. Rua tries a takedown and Coleman powers him over to thwart it. Coleman with a jab, but he drops his hands after every throw. Rua is jabbing and taking it slow as well, but you get the idea he could finish Coleman if he wanted to. Rua with a body kick and a jab. Rua's nose is bloody. Rua with a Thai clinch but Coleman takesh im down before he can do any damage with it. Rua escapes and Coleman decks him hard as he stands up. Coleman with another takedown and it looks like Rua is gassing now, too. Rua takes a shoulder lock with his legs. Coleman is hanging on but Rua doesn't look to have the energy to complete the submission. And he doesn't, as the buzzer sounds. 10-9 Rua again, and if Rua is as tired as he looks, Coleman might actually have a chance.
Round 3: Coleman throws a weak punch and then shoots for a takedown. Rua elbows Coleman in the head but Coleman completes the takedown. Coleman pounds away at Rua's jaw with elbows from the top. Coleman with fists to the ribs as well. The crowd is now chanting "Coleman." Rua goes for a heel hook and he can't finish it. Coleman pulls Rua back to his knees and keeps punching him in the face. Coleman has very little on those punches but Rua just can't do anything about it. Rua gets to his feet and Coleman is still on his knees, but Rua takes a Thai clinch and knees him in the body. The ref thinks the knee landed on the head, so he warns Rua and stands them up. They're duking it out. Rua throws a combo that finally drops Coleman to the canvas for good, and the ref calls it off. Coleman is upset at the stoppage, but he took about seven clean shots including an uppercut that clearly put Coleman out on his feet.
Winner: Mauricio "Shogun" Rua defeated Mark Coleman via TKO due to strikes at 4:36 of Round 3.
Rua told Joe Rogan he's back at 100 percent. I hope that wasn't 100 percent, for Rua's sake.
"I'm really upset and disappointed with myself. A good fight's not good enough. I came here to win," Coleman said. He also proclaimed his respect for Rua, and asked for a rubber match.