UFC President Dana White wants to see a rematch between light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. “I think there will be a rematch. I talked to both of them and they both agreed to a rematch,” White stated at the UFC 104 post-fight press conference.
White, along with the majority of MMA media and fans, felt that Shogun defeated Machida in their UFC 104 light heavyweight main event title fight Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif.
The fight marked Machida’s first title defense since he took the belt from Rashad Evans at UFC 98 with vicious punches that left the TUF winner in a crumpled unconscious heap.
The champion was not only undefeated coming into his fight with Shogun, he had never even lost a round inside the Octagon. However, his aura of invincible armor slowly got chipped away as Shogun landed leg kicks, body kicks, and punches.
White gave his opinion on the fight and why he tells his fighters never leave it to the judges to decide who won:
“I had Shogun winning the fight, but one thing I always tell these guys, you can’t leave it in the hands of the judges, you just can’t do it. At the end of every round, neither guy went after it, neither guy tried to steal the round. Machida is the champion and the judges gave it to Machida tonight. And I’m sure you guys are well aware, the athletic commission and judges could give a shit what I think. So, my opinion means nothing.”
White went on to say he had Machida winning the fight up until the third round. He thought the first round could have gone either way and he gave the fourth and fifth rounds to Shogun. He also went on to say he feels it will be a different fight next time.
Personally, as I watched the fight last night while listening to Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg’s commentary, I gave every round to Shogun. I thought for sure he had won and could not believe it when I heard the decision.
As the night went on I checked the forums, message boards, and other MMA sites to get their opinions, maybe I was missing something. Everywhere everyone seemed to be in agreement: Shogun won.
Tonight though, I re-watched the fight with the sound off. If you have never tried that, I highly recommend it on controversial fights. The fight was much closer than what I had originally thought, and in fact, I could actually see how they gave it to Machida.
However, as Dana said, neither fighter “went after it.” Machida did not look hungry and I felt Shogun fought a very smart fight. At the end of the day, a rematch as soon as possible is the best answer in a case like this.
Machida said his father and his friend Anderson Silva both talked to him in the locker room after the fight about the mistakes he made. He also promised he would fight much better next time. While the Machida vs. Shogun fight at UFC 104 was entertaining, it could have been much better.
Hopefully next time we will get to see the fight we should have seen Saturday night.
If you would like to hear Lyoto Machida, Mauricio Rua, and Dana White’s comments after the fight, check out the UFC 104 post-fight press conference video.
By: Jack Bratcher