Shogun Rua Ready To Face Machida Again
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua says he is now ready to face Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida again and claim the title for himself this time.
Rua will get his chance in UFC 113 set at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada on Saturday.
“I’m looking to make a statement with this fight and win it in a decisive way. I’m a fighter that always fights to finish fights,” Shogun said in a UFC promotional video.
In UFC 104, the 28-year-old Rua nearly upset Machida offense with vicious leg kicks, making the UFC champion vulnerable in the eyes of spectators.
Machida, however, was still able to salvage a win with a 48-47 unanimous verdict and retain his 205-pound division title.
“The feeling after the judge’s decision was like someone tore out my heart…everybody was telling me I won. This gave me comfort, and what matters the most is that I’m going to get a second chance,” said Rua.
Rua, a former PRIDE Fighting Championship superstar, vowed not to waste his second chance to win the title.
“It’s my goal,” said the Brazilian striker, who has a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) record of 18-4.
“I’ll do everything I can to come back and make my wish come true,” he added.
Machida, who is half-Japanese-half-Brazilian, said his compatriot will have a tough time wresting away the UFC light heavyweight crown.
“I will be ready to go all five rounds if that’s what it takes to retain my title,” he said.
This time, Machida said, he will leave no doubt who the real champion will be.
“I don’t want to leave it to the judges’ hands. I’m going to prove that I’m the true champion,” said The Dragon who has remained unbeaten in 16 fights.