UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida will once again put his 205-pound title on the line against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua when the Brazilians collide at The Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on May 1, 2010, according to Dan Wetzel from Yahoo!Sports.com.
Here’s the snip:
Dana White just told me: Lyoto Machida will defend UFC light heavyweight belt against Shogun Rua May 1 in Montreal.
Machida and Rua battled for five rounds at UFC 104: “Machida vs, Shogun” from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., on Oct. 24.
Most fans, including UFC President Dana White, felt Mauricio “Shogun” Rua did enough to win a decision over the undefeated karate sensation. However, he didn’t, losing two rounds two three.
In fact, all three judges — Nelson Hamilton, Cecil Peoples and Marcos Rosales — scored it 48-47 for the “Dragon.”
“I thought Shogun won the fight,” White remarked at the post-event press conference. He later added that a rematch would happen “as fast as we can.”
Seven months doesn’t appear to be too speedy; however, Machida needs time to recover from a hand injury sustained in the fight … better late than never.