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Shogun vs Machida for Halloween

Dana White has just confirmed Lyoto Machida vs Mauricio Shogun Rua for a UFC pay per view on October 24th. I’d give you the standard numerical UFC id number but right now no one is sure if it’s gonna be UFC 104 or 105. As a little celebration of this joyous bout, I thought it’d be fun to reflect on how well Shogun did against Mark “Mr Cardio” Coleman:

“like watching an old man and a sickly child roll around on the front lawn” – Sports Illustrated

“It resembled more of a fight you’d see in prison than one between a Hall of Famer and a man who was once considered the best fighter in perhaps the deepest division in the sport.” – MMA Mania

“like watching two dying seals fight over the last salmon. Neither is really in any condition to be fighting, but they both want that damn fish.” – MMA Frenzy

“But it seemed like someone’s idea of a bad joke when White announced he was also giving $40,000 bonuses for co-Fight of the Night to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Mark Coleman. If Rua were an honest man, he’d have declined the check from White because he neither deserved nor earned it.” – Kevin Iole, Yahoo

“It seems odd to bonus two guys who gassed minutes into the fight and put on a lackluster show until the final minute when Rua finally scored the TKO win. I suppose we can cut the 44-year old Coleman a break but what was Rua’s excuse for winding so early?” – Steve Cofield, Yahoo

“a dreadful performance made it nearly impossible for any fan in attendance to believe this was at one time a consensus top 5 light heavyweight and winner of the 2005 Pride FC Grand Prix Champion” – Jesse Holland, MMA Mania

But of course Shogun is now a COMPLETELY different fighter than he was 5 months ago. Didn’t you see him beat Chuck Liddell???