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Updated: UFC 104 Main Event Ends In Controversy; Dana White Wants Rematch In January

Following a very close and somewhat controversial decision the UFC is pushing to have Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua square off in a rematch as soon as January 2. Photo: Jon Kopaloff / Getty Images

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Dana White Wants Machida / Rua Rematch On January 2

Mike Rome of has the info from Dave Meltzer’s radio show:

On his radio show last night, Dave Meltzer said Dana White wants the Lyoto Machida vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua rematch on UFC 108. Meltzer also stated that Shogun has agreed to the date, and Machida will let them know if he’s healthy enough to take it.

They want to return quickly with Machida/Shogun because the controversy is hot right now and if they can make a rematch announcement soon, they can assuage fan anger and channel it into PPV buys.

I actually do not have any interest in seeing a rematch so quickly. The last thing the situation needs is an unhealthy Machida losing to Rua and having an entirely new situation crop up that necessitates yet another quick rematch. I’d rather see the fight put off until February or March to allow for recovery time while still being a fairly quick turnaround.


Lyoto Machida Speaks About Victory

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida spoke to about his controversial win at Saturday’s UFC 104:

"I was a hundred percent, but sometimes when you get in there, you’re strategy doesn’t always work exactly like you planned it to," he said. "I would have liked to perform better, but it happens sometimes.

“I was looking to finish the fight whenever I could, but it showed that Shogun came very well prepared for this fight. I was constantly trying to find openings to finish the fight, but unfortunately, I didn’t get that.”

One of the most unfortunate things about the fight is that many fans of the sport are acting as though Machida did something wrong by winning. Agree or disagree with the decision all you want but Lyoto did all he could do and he isn’t the one scoring the fights.

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