Current UFC #1 light heavyweight contender Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has stated he will begin training for his upcoming rematch with current champ Lyoto Machida in January. The two first met back at UFC 104 but the split decision win for Machida was highly controversial and a second meeting was announced soon after.
Machida vs. Shogun 2 is now set for May 1st in Montreal, Canada and the former PRIDE star is ready for action.
“I no longer think [about UFC 104] and can’t live from it anymore. I must only think on the next fight that’s going to be a battle. I was glad with my performance but not with the outcome. I wanted the win but this is past for me. Actually I don’t know what criteria was taken in account for that fight. I just know they (judges) used it in favor of Lyoto. [Machida] is a tough guy and I already expected a complicated fight against him. In fact, he has been fighting for over ten years, so that, I think it’s difficult for him to change something now. He has done what he does well along his whole life, so as it’s also hard for me to change my game.” – uol.com.br
Surely, we’ll be seeing different game plans from both men as to avoid a similar outcome as the first. The question of who will reign supreme is all we have to widely debate, for now.