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
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.