9. Lyoto Machida Defeats Mauricio “Shogun” Rua – UFC 104
The “Machida Era” was short-lived, but should have ended even sooner at UFC 104.
Machida was making his first title defense after knocking out former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans at UFC 98. For the first time in “The Dragon’s” MMA and UFC career, he looked hittable and human. For so long, Machida never lost a round or took any damage, but Shogun employed a smart gamplan to counter the karateka.
Using body and leg kicks, Shogun controlled nearly all five rounds and seemed to be well on his way to becoming UFC champion.
Then, horrible MMA judging happened.
Machida was awarded the winner by decision, but fans knew who won that fight. Shogun would avenge this robbery in their immediate rematch, knocking out Machida in the first round to eliminate the judges from the equation.