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Mauricio Rua Signs To Face Machida At UFC 104

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According to sources within the fighter's camp, Mauricio Rua has signed to be the first challenger to new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Ryoto (Lyoto) Machida. The fight, which likely is still pending Machida signing on, would probably happen at UFC 104 on October 24.

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Post #1   5/29/09 8:01:33AM   

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Out of everyone in the LHW division I think he has the best chance at defeating Machida, BUT I dont think Shogun deserves the title shot yet

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Nice, I think this would make for a better TUF and solve the title defense problem. I think Rua has a chance of subbing Macheda if he can get him to the ground. Rampage is too 1 dimensional to beat Lyoto IMO, he is a banger who is capable of the KO but he could not finish Forrest or Jardine. Lyoto would be a little bit too much for him to handle.

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Posted by Jimbo

Out of everyone in the LHW division I think he has the best chance at defeating Machida, BUT I dont think Shogun deserves the title shot yet


He doesn't. If he'd beaten Coleman and Liddell 3 years or so ago (and of course assuming Coleman was about 8 years younger), then yes. But both were/are near the end and he's still only 2-1 in UFC. That usually isn't good enough (Lesnar was a bit of an exception). I can understand Rampage wanting to go on TUF and "whoop Rashad's ass" because they were building up to that but I still would've taken the title shot first.

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Posted by Jimbo

Out of everyone in the LHW division I think he has the best chance at defeating Machida, BUT I dont think Shogun deserves the title shot yet



No he doesn't. But Dana is the boss and Page is busy with TUF10

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Posted by 4u2nv


Posted by Jimbo

Out of everyone in the LHW division I think he has the best chance at defeating Machida, BUT I dont think Shogun deserves the title shot yet



No he doesn't. But Dana is the boss and Page is busy with TUF10



I think Shogun is way too sloppy to beat Machida. But I also think he's worthy enough to challenge Machida for the title.

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Shogun of old maybe, shogun know no way

Post #7   5/29/09 9:50:22AM   

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This is a win win situation for the UFC. You get Machida in the octagon on a short layoff against a semi worthy opponent. You get two entertaining fighters coaching TUF. If some miracle of God occurs and Shogun defeats Machida, you can have Rashad fight Rampage for first crack. I would like to see Rampage and Shogun again.

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Posted by holt8081

Shogun of old maybe, shogun know no way




Actually, the new Shogun we saw against Liddell looked way more impressive than the Shogun of old.


The new shogun actually has a striking stance, some good takedowns and a gameplan. The old shogun just had stomps and soccer kicks. Those don't get you anywhere in the UFC.


I would have liked to have seen Shogun fight someone else first. There were signs that he is starting to evolve his game into a modern fighter... I'd have liked to have seen him get a chance to do more of that before getting his title shot. Right now, I think Machida destroys him like he did to Thiago.

On the bright side... "Shogun vs. The Dragon" should put joy in the hearts of all the traditional martial arts lovers still out there.

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I'm still not sold on Shogun. He did finish Chuck quickly and looked good but will he look the same after the second round? Third? His grade in the ufc is still an incomplete for me. I think it was a logical choice for Machidas first title defense and Lyoto is gonna destroy him

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Apparently knocking out Chuck Liddell gets you a title shot these days!!!!

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Good fight, but why so far away? That's almost 5 months down the road.

It's a good matchup, but I can't help but feel the UFC is hitting on the same pitfalls of boxing. Making matches as a matter of convenience instead of making fighters earn their legitimate spot as a #1 contender.

I know Page discussed a while back that he wouldn't want to fight Machida. I don't think he turned down the offer because he's afraid of Machida, because I do think he wants to put it to Rashad--but I think partially he's well aware that his skills don't match up well with Lyoto.

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I am getting sick of this b.s. I'd like to see the LHW belt defended more than once or maybe twice this year.
This is what I'm trying to understand. Rampage 'opted' to fight Rashad before Machida to settle a grudge. I would assume that if Rashad Beat his next opponent, he could get a shot for the title. If Rampage felt he could defeat Machida, Don't you think he would fight for the belt sooner and then fight the winner of say... Rashad and Shogun. Shogun isn't in any possition to challenge yet. He's beaten Chuck after chuck hasn't been able to stay awake in a fight.
Quack, Quack for Rampage?
Shogun Machida in October? Then Page/Shad in Dec? So Page/Shad vs Machida next April?
How long since the B.J. defended?

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Shogun will win. No he doesn't deserve this based on his last few fights, but he's a favorite among us and he just knocked of two HOF'ers which is more the Brock did. However Shogun will win.

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Posted by cmill21

Shogun will win. No he doesn't deserve this based on his last few fights, but he's a favorite among us and he just knocked of two HOF'ers which is more the Brock did. However Shogun will win.




I really hope that I am missing the sarcasm.

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