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  • UFC 104 Post-Mortem: Split Decisions, Raising Cain, and More

    By: Jake Rossen


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    No amount of complaining, debate or controversy will change the fact that Lyoto Machida entered Staples Center as the light heavyweight champion and exited the same way during Saturday’s UFC 104 event. He’s 16-0, and only a positive drug test -- unlikely at best -- will change that. It is what it is.

    But the fight result tells an incomplete story: the “unanimous” decision for Machida doesn’t apply if you count fan reaction, with many in the media and on the couch believing Mauricio “Shogun” Rua had edged him out. (I had the fight 49-47 for Rua, with a rare-but-allowable 10-10 first round and Rua taking all but the third.) Rua found a home for his kicks to the torso with increasing accuracy; Machida parried and landed with less frequency. Watch the entire fight over without trying to measure strikes and see how often Rua comes forward while Machida steps back. Aggression counts.

    There was no “robbery” and Lee Murray was not seen fleeing the arena. Rua may have appeared to look better than he did because we’ve grown accustomed to Machida operating in complete control. Rua has a right to be upset, though: he should’ve woken up next to something beautiful and shiny Sunday morning.

    Next for Machida: Rounds 6-10 with Rua.

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  • Live Minute-by-Minute: UFC 104

    By: Jake Rossen




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  • Red Ink: Machida vs. ‘Shogun’

    By: Jake Rossen
    Lyoto Machida fights two wars during Saturday’s UFC 104 main event in Los Angeles: the war against Mauricio Rua, and the war of perception that Rua may not be the same one we remember.

    Rua, once believed to be the most promising 205-pound athlete in the world, has looked human in recent outings against Mark Coleman and Forrest Griffin. He believes -- and fans believe -- knee surgeries have corrected his cardio and aggression issues. What they may not correct is his tendency to take a punch in...

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  • 5 Questions: UFC 104

    By: Jake Rossen


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    I don’t have the answers. Watch the show.

    Is muay Thai the right answer for Lyoto Machida?

    In 15 career fights, the UFC’s light-heavyweight champion -- or as pronounced by Lyoto Machida himself, champeeon -- has rarely been tested by a high level of muay Thai....

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  • UFC 104 Closer Look: Hardonk-Barry




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  • Radio: UFC 104 Roundtable

    By: TJ De Santis
    Hey, Everybody!

    The Sherdog Radio Network convened on Friday for a roundtable discussion of Saturday's UFC 104 card.

    Which underdogs should you watch for?...

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  • Reminder: Live Weigh-in Blog at 7 p.m. ET Tonight

    By: Jake Rossen
    Check this space beginning at 7 p.m. ET tonight for live coverage of weigh-ins for UFC 104 "Machida vs. Shogun." It may be Mauricio Rua's only...

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  • UFC 104 Closer Look: Neer-Tibau




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  • Primer: UFC 104

    By: Jake Rossen

    D. Mandel/Sherdog.com


    In 2007, when Pride folded into the origami shape for failure, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua took his 16-2 record to the UFC, where he was expected to beat his chest atop a pile of corpses. Instead, he was thoroughly battered by Forrest Griffin and barely eked out a win against a man fifteen years his senior in Mark Coleman. Knocking out Chuck Liddell, the new statistical norm for that fighter, resulted in confidence that the “old ‘Shogun’” had returned. It also resulted in a title shot. Not exactly a walk through the gates of fire, but okay.

    I remain skeptical, mostly because “old ‘Shogun’” is a nightmare of punctuation and I loathe typing it, but also because he’s looked good for roughly five minutes out of a 35-minute UFC career. Oddsmakers believe he has only a 33% chance of defeating Lyoto Machida, whose base style of karate should have given him only a .005% chance of success in the sport. So maybe odds aren’t everything.

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  • UFC 104 Closer Look: Stevenson-Fisher




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