In what is likely to go down in history as one of the most severe miscarriages of justice in the sport, Lyoto Machida was systematically dissected on the feet at the hands of Mauricio “Shogun” Rua during UFC 104 on his way to miraculously retaining the UFC light heavyweight championship.
Formerly the least hit fighter in UFC history, Machida suffered a severe reaction to the powerful leg kicks of Shogun that forced the typically elusive Brazilian champion to suffer a massive outbreak of welts and bruises to the thighs when it was all said and done. Rua utilized his paralyzing leg kicks to upset the rhythm of “The Dragon” that the karate master had employed so well in previous bouts.
Shogun beat Machida at what Machida does best; He took him out of his game by wreaking havoc to his tempo and gameplan while employing his own.
In the end it was Machida who left the Octagon battered and bruised. Rest assured that Lyoto will be icing the bulk of his body for a large chunk of tomorrow, while Shogun will be icing his shins more than anything else.
Both men know who won that bout deep down. Machida will say that he feels like he won the fight, but he knows better, and we know better: Shogun is the people’s light heavyweight champion.
Cain Velasquez put a major league beatdown on Ben Rothwell that likely had him wishing he was back in the IFL, taking the much larger brawler to the canvas at will and turning his face into hamburger before the pummeling was inevitably called to an end.
In what could easily be seen as an early stoppage by referee Steve Mazagatti, the bout was waved off as Rothwell was attempting to rise to his feet. If anything Mazagatti did more of an injustice to Velasquez than he did to Rothwell, being that he took away what was sure to be a decisive finish from Cain in a matter of seconds or minutes. Big Ben was already a wrap at that point.
Joe Stevenson improved upon his recent decision victory over Nate Diaz by stopping Spencer Fisher this evening via TKO. Fisher did a good job fending off the takedown in the early goings before being dragged to the mat and secured into the crucifix position, where a shower of Joe-Daddy elbows sealed the deal.
The second round stoppage victory over the always dangerous Fisher is that much more impressive due to the fact that Spencer was coming off of a three fight win streak in the Octagon coming into tonight’s contest. It seems likely that Stevenson may be just a win or two away from another bid at championship glory in the UFC.
Anthony Johnson basically got away with an assault charge tonight as he mugged his much smaller opponent, Yoshiyuki Yoshida, in just 41 seconds. Rushing across the Octagon like a man possessed, “Rumble” threw a flurry of punches at Yoshida early in the first before a brief clinch precluded the huge right hand that left the physically outmatched Japanese fighter in an unsurprising heap.
Ryan Bader fought the perfect fight against one of the UFC’s most dangerous submission artists in Eric “Red” Schafer, taking full advantage of his sizable wrestling advantage to keep the fight standing for the bulk of the fight, winning in the exchanges and mixing in the occasional takedown on his way to remaining undefeated in his professional fighting career.
A full list of the results from UFC 104 are listed below:
Lyoto Machida def. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)
Cain Velasquez def. Ben Rothwell via TKO – Round 2
Gleison Tibau def. Josh Neer via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Joe Stevenson def. Spencer Fisher via TKO – Round 2
Anthony Johnson def. Yoshiyuki Yoshida via knockout – Round 1
Ryan Bader defeats Eric Schafer by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-26, 30-27)
Pat Barry def. Antoni Hardonk by TKO – Round 2
Chael Sonnen def. Yushin Okami via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jorge Rivera def. Rob Kimmons via TKO – Round 3
Kyle Kingsbury def. Razak Al-Hassan via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Stefan Struve def. Chase Gormley via submission (triangle choke) – Round 1