After a controversial judges decision went against him in his first encounter, strong>Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua went into his eagerly anticipated rematch with Lyoto Machida determined to finish the fight.
In the end he did just that and more, knocking out the previously undefeated Machida in just under four minutes of the opening round. The initial damage was done by a thundering right hand that dropped ‘The Dragon’ to the canvas, and Shogun immediately moved into the mount and reigned down some devastating strikes leading to the knockout.
After being robbed of a victory in their previous encounter the victory was especially sweet for Shogun who looked overjoyed as he celebrated with his team-mates, while Machida appeared a dejected figure as he regained his senses to discover he was no longer the undefeated champion.
After a poor start to his UFC career Shogun’s convincing victory tonight confirms that he is now back to the form that made him a star in PRIDE. Next up is likely to be a fight against the winner of Rampage Vs Rashad which takes place at UFC 114 later this month.