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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. Thiago
Silva has good stand-up, but few wins against top opposition;
Greco, virtually a pure kickboxer, took Machida the distance in
2004, but also outweighed him considerably. There’s not much
precedence to draw on.
“Shogun” Rua is a muay Thai Tasmanian devil -- all arms and
legs. Aggression and accuracy could be a proper solution to
Machida’s head movement. So could a hammer. Rua can only pick one
Saturday. Read more
In 2007, when Pride folded into the origami shape for failure,
“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
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
What: UFC 104: Machida vs. ‘Shogun,’ an
11-bout card from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif.
When: Saturday, Oct. 24, at 10 p.m. ET
on pay-per-view, with a live preliminary show airing on Spike TV at
9 p.m. ET.
Why You Should Care: Because Machida is
the closest thing we’ve got to a profound, peerless martial artist;
because whether “Shogun” has found his old form or not, he will
make it exciting; because Ben Rothwell
is going to force Cain
Velasquez to scramble and work like hell to overcome his size;
because judo remains an under-represented style in MMA and Yoshiyuki
Yoshida can counter Anthony
Johnson’s stand-up with the highly technical ploy of dumping
him on his head.
Fight of the Night: Machida’s
unblemished record raises stakes for every second he’s in the ring;
“Shogun” will stay in his face.
Sleeper Fight of the Night:Joe Stevenson
Fisher: three rounds of Fisher getting scooped up and then
working overtime on the feet to compensate.
Hype Quote of the Show: “I just saw
what he wrote about me and I am going to punch him in the face for
that, plain and simple.” -- Fisher on Stevenson’s verbal
warfare. At least he’s not in Fisher’s head.Read more