When Rua and Machida met the first time there was a large number of folks who felt “Shogun” should have exited their effort with a decision win after the final minute ticked off their title-fight. UFC President Dana White was among the group of people who felt the judges’ dropped the ball and decided to push for an immediate rematch. In the second scrap, Rua left no room for doubt about his status as the better fighter, knocking Machida out in the opening round of action.
UFC light heavyweight Mauricio Rua (21-8) has been amongst the top 205ers in MMA for nearly a decade based on his remarkable run in PRIDE as well as success in the Octagon. However, “Shogun” is at a crossroads after having lost back-to-back bouts for the first time in his career. The beloved Brazilian will have a chance to get back on track this weekend when he faces James Te Huna at UFC Fight Night 33. And, looking over his Top 10 instances of success in the ring, there’s no reason to think he won’t do just that and take Te Huna out in spectacular fashion. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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