Final presser report by Andreas Hale
After September 22nd of 2007, if you predicted that Mauricio “Shogun” Rua would be fighting Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida for the light heavyweight championship, mixed martial arts pundits may have called you insane.
You see, September 22nd was the day both Machida and Rua fought at UFC 76. Machida was just getting his feet wet in the UFC and scored a unanimous decision over Kazuhiro Nakamura. Rua was introduced to the Octagon by a Forrest Griffin rear naked choke that shocked the entire world of MMA. People were skeptical of both Rua and Machida. The future of “Shogun” was in question as was considered to be possibly past his prime and on the fast track downhill while “The Dragon” and his awkward karate style may have been winning fights – but not in spectacular fashion. . . . Click here for more
UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun – Saturday, October 24th, live on Pay-Per-View from Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Click here for more info.