Machida-Rua Rematch Likely for May 1 in Montreal


Mauricio Rua will likely have to wait another six months to rematch the man many people believe he defeated last month in a UFC light heavyweight championship match.

Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel is reporting that UFC President Dana White told him that Rua will face off with champion Lyoto Machida on May 1 in Montreal.

Machida’s manager, Ed Soares, confirmed the date to Sherdog.com through a text message, but Rua’s manager, Eduardo Alonso, said in an e-mail he has not been approached yet with a date.

The rematch was optimistically scheduled for Jan. 2’s UFC 108 but had to be moved back due to a hand injury suffered by Machida in the first fight.

Machida (16-0) took home a controversial unanimous decision that has been widely panned by pundits and fans as well as UFC brass. In an interview last week, White told Sherdog.com that both he and UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta scored the bout four rounds to one in favor of “Shogun.”

The 31-year-old champion dropped the first rounds of his UFC campaign against the former Pride star, who has rejuvenated his promising career after a rough start in the UFC. Rua (18-4), who was once thought of as the top 205-pound fighter in the world, used an impressive array of kicks and body shots to wear down Machida in their 25-minute tussle.

Rua, 27, looks to have put the knee injuries that slowed him down in his first UFC bouts behind him and has reclaimed his position among the elites of the weight class. It seems he will get his chance to climb atop the light heavyweight division next spring.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 14 days ago
  • 3 views

Mauricio Rua holds an inconsistent UFC record of six wins and seven losses, but believes that a couple impressive victories could put him right back into title contention. The former light heavyweigh read news >>

  • 13 days ago
  • 10 views

Mauricio Rua was the last fighter to hold the UFC light heavyweight title before the dominant reign of current champion Jon Jones. If all goes according to plan, he’ll also be the next after “Bones.” read news >>

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 views

How big of an MMA fan is artist Justin BUA? Earlier this year, the man that made his name depicting the world of hip hop and urban life in exaggerated portraits of archetypal... read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 0 views

If the purpose of betting lines is to compel fans to wager ... then someone is doing a good job. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight titleholder Johny Hendricks jumped out to a -285 fav read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 141 views

Tim Kennedy and Cat Zingano sit atop the list of fighters potentially out for six months following UFC 178. Not only does Tim Kennedy have to contend with being on the wrong end of one of the most bi read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 26 views

UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman has harsh words for Vitor Belfort, saying he's planning on making a mockery out of him when they face off. Chris Weidman isn't a fan of Vitor Belfort's recent read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 6 views

Next month’s UFC 179 event in Brazil has taken a hit to the main card as Alan Patrick reportedly is out of his lightweight bout vs. Beneil Dariush with a broken jaw. Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UF read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 51 views

"The Phenom" lit a fire under Chris Weidman after questioning his recent injuries. Vitor Belfort recently brought into question the severity of Chris Weidman's injury that forced a delay in their muc read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 9 views

Tim Kennedy could be held out of action for six months after suffering a controversial third-round TKO loss to Yoel Romero at UFC 178, according to information released to MMAFighting.com by the Neva read news >>