FiveOuncesOfPain.com was the first to confirm the light heavyweight championship bout between Lyoto Machida and Maurico “Shogun” Rua earlier this month through sources close to the fight and UFC President Dana White has recently made the bout announcement public.
White’s confirmation of the title fight came during a segment that ran during The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale last night.
In FiveOuncesOfPain.com’s June 6 report we were also able to confirm that the bout is expected to take place during UFC 104 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
Machida recently captured the UFC’s light-heavyweight championship on May 23 at UFC 98 where he brutally knocked out Rashad Evans in the second round. He has compiled wins over Tito Ortiz, Sokoudjou and Thiago Silva in the octagon while putting together victories over the likes of B.J. Penn, Rich Franklin and Stephan Bonnar prior to his career with the UFC.
Rua looked as if he had returned to his old dominant form in his last bout with Chuck Liddell at UFC 97 where he TKO’d the former UFC light heavyweight champ in the opening round.