Mauricio Shogun Rua is no longer the uncrowned UFC champion. In of one of the most anticipated rematches in years, Mauricio Shogun Rua knocked out Lyoto Machida at UFC 113. Shogun Rua shocked the world with a first-round knockout winning the UFC light heavyweight champion, and ending a very short era.
The UFC 113 main-event was a much different fight from the first Shogun Rua vs. Lyoto Machida fight. Shogun Rua came out pushing the pace right from the start with strikes and leg kicks. Lyoto Machida seemed to be feeling out Mauricio Rua, but Rua just kept coming. Machida got a few takedowns, but it was a vicious right hand and a flurry of fists that stopped the “Machida Era” after just his second UFC light heavyweight title defense.
Lyoto Machida was a -210 favorite coming into the fight on several Vegas sports books. I really liked the confidence of Shogun Rua from the start of the fight. A lot of times you tend to see guys even more cautious after a bad loss such as in the case of Shogun Rua. Instead, Rua lived up to his vow not to leave the decision in the judge’s hands. Machida did nail Rua with a few strikes, but Machida looked like he was still in the process of feeling out Rua and never seemed to get into a comfortable groove in the fight.
The truly amazing thing about this story is just how quickly someone figured out Lyoto Machida. After Lyoto Machida rolled through Rashad Evans at UFC 98 and won the UFC light heavyweight title, Joe Rogan proclaimed it the start of the “Machida Era.” It wasn’t hype as up until his fight against Shogun Rua at UFC 104, Lyoto Machida had never even lost a round in the UFC. Yet all it took was one title match against a great opponent for someone to make Machida look human. Don’t be fooled, Lyoto Machida is that good. Shogun Rua just happens to be better.
Everyone is a winner tonight with this win. Shogun Rua is on his way to becoming one of the most popular fighters in the UFC. Potential UFC light heavyweight title matches against Rashad Evans, Rampage Jackson, or Anderson Silva will be huge money makers. Lyoto Machida will win out with a huge payday for the trilogy. It will be interesting to see whether Dana White makes Machida win a fight or two to earn a rematch, considering he gave Shogun Rua an immediate rematch. Personally, I think there would be more money in a rematch after Machida wins a couple of fights. The UFC 113 fight was too one-sided to do a rematch justice at the box office. Give these guys a couple of fights apart and cash in at the end of the year or in 2011. Of course that would be a huge gamble by the UFC given that fights like that rarely fall into place as they should (see Frank Mir vs. Brock Lesnar III).
The other big news is not so much the Josh Koshcheck vs. Paul Daley fight, but what happened after the fight. Immediately after the buzzer blew to signal the end of the fight Paul Daley tapped Josh Koshcheck on the shoulder, presumably to shake hands like most fighters do. Instead, he sucker punched him hard and was immediately tackled by the referee. The irony here is that after talking trash for the last few weeks, the sucker punch was the only punch that did any damage to Josh Koshcheck.
Dana White immediately cut Paul Daley following the UFC 113 event. Josh Koshcheck mentioned on MMA Live following the fight that he was egging him on by things he was saying at the end of the fight. Koshcheck even mentioned that he hopes the UFC will give him another chance.
Finally in a battle of The Ultimate Fighter Season 10 alumni, Matt Mitrione defeated Kimbo Slice by a TKO. The fight was completely one-sided as Mitrione just dominated Slice for two rounds. Prior to the fight, Kimbo Slice cut a great promo about how he couldn’t wait to go out there and have a slugfest. Okay, it’s enough already. Ever since Kimbo joined the UFC on TUF 10 he has cut the same promo and fought the same fight which never sees him go out there swinging. He has never opened up in the UFC with the explosiveness that people expect from him. He is just either way out of his league or more scared than anyone realizes once he steps into the octagon. I think after seeing him picked apart by Matt Mitrione for two rounds, it’s time to go back to the back alley and fight on YouTube because he is not UFC material.
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