Quick Quote: Mauricio "Shogun" Rua expects a rubber match with Lyoto MachidaPosted on May 8, 2011, 10:10 PM by Joey Santosus
“I thought he was going to defeat Randy Couture. It really was a beautiful kick, but I knew he’d win. Lyoto absolutely is a guy I might have to fight again someday, and I believe I will. I don’t know when, but it’ll happen. Of course I’ll want to beat him, but we’re professionals. He’s great character, he has a good heart, so he’s a guy I admire a lot. - Tatame.com
It appears that former Light Heavyweight Champion Mauricio Rua is quite certain that a third encounter with Lyoto Machida lies ahead of him. Their first meeting, which took place back in October of 2009, ended in controversy after Machida was awarded a hotly contested unanimous decision victory. Due to the indecisive nature of the bout, an immediate rematch took place several months later at UFC 113, in which Rua needed just over three minutes to score a KO victory.
Before settling the score with "The Dragon," however, "Shogun" must first face another former adversary in Forrest Griffin, who submitted the Brazilian in his octagon debut. Rua vs. Griffin II will co-headline the upcoming UFC 134: Rio card, set to take place August 27th from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. So what do you think LowKickers? Does the Shogun-Machida rubber match need to happen? Will the outcome be any different from their last fight?
Photo: Lyoto Machida, left, fights Maurcio Rua at UFC 104 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on October 24, 2009. Francis Specker