According to multiple reports Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will square off against the newly crowned light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida at in October.
According to the reports Rua had been in Las Vegas meeting with UFC officials to work on a new contract for the former PRIDE superstar.
Rua has had his share of ups and downs since joining the UFC after the organization purchased PRIDE back in 2007. He lost his debut to Forrest Griffin at UFC 76 in September of 2007 and then underwent two knee surgeries that would keep him out of action until this past January when he defeated 44 year old Mark Coleman via third round TKO at UFC 93. Although the two were awarded a “Fight of the Night” bonus the bout was universally criticized as were both combatants. The two fighters seemed gassed by the middle of the first round and the fact that it took Rua just under the full 15 minutes to put a guy away who was not only 16 years older than he was but had not fought in over two years did not leave a good impression at all.
Rua went on to score a first round TKO over an aging Chuck Liddell at UFC 97 in April.
Machida of course is coming off a resounding knockout of the previously undefeated light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans last Saturday night at UFC 98. Machida, who was criticized in the beginning of his UFC career for being too elusive and boring, has now become one of the most feared fighters as well as one of the most exciting competitors as well. He earned his second “Knockout of the Night” bonus in his bout with Evans as he ran his UFC record to 7-0. His overall record now stands at an outstanding 15-0. He has defeated the likes of Rich Franklin, B.J. Penn and Stephan Bonnar outside of the octagon. His victims in the UFC include Rameau Thierry Sokodjou, Tito Ortiz, and Thiago Silva to name a few.