This isn’t exactly earth shattering since we all pretty much assumed it was coming, but I’d thought I pass along the news that Lyoto Machida and Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua have signed bout agreements to face each other for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship at UFC 104.
MMAmania.com has learned that bout agreements have been signed for the light heavyweight title fight between newly-minted champion Lyoto Machida (15-0) and 2005 Pride FC Middleweight Grand Prix winner Mauricio Rua (18-3) for UFC 104 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on October 24.
There’s really no reason to act like Shogun deserves the shot based on his recent UFC performances, however, with Rampage out of the picture, and others already booked, Shogun was really the only decent option the UFC had. Another example that timing is everything is this business.
Machida will undoubtedly be the favorite, and it will certainly be hard to pick against him, but if the old Shogun shows up, it could turn into one hell of a fight. One definitely worth looking forward to.