Friday, January 4, 2019

UFC 104: Everyone's A Winner

Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (Photo: operation18.com)


UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun – Los Angeles – Staples Center – Oct. 24, 2009

Lyoto Machida retained his UFC light heavyweight title against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 104, but both men got the winner’s share of the money.

Although Machida won a unanimous decision with 48-47 scores from all three judges, UFC boss Dana White was apparently unhappy with the verdict.

According to Bloody Elbow, White cut Rua a check for $250,000 after the fight, so he could also be paid like a winner.

Cain Velasquez continued his climb up the heavyweight ladder with a TKO win over Ben Rothwell in Round 2.

Joe “Daddy” Stephenson forced Spencer “The King” Fisher to tap out to strikes in a lightweight bout.


The other two pay-per-view fights were bumped up to catchweights due to fighters coming in above the weight limit.

At 157 pounds, Gleison Tibau won a unanimous decision of Josh “The Dentist” Neer. 

Anthony “Rumble” Johnson beat Yoshiyuki Yoshida by TKO in 41 seconds at a catchweight of 176 pounds.

Spike TV aired a pair of preliminary fights. Ryan Bader beat Eric “Red” Schafer by unanimous decision; and Pat Barry beat Antoni Hardonk by TKO in the second round.

In the early prelims, Chael Sonnen scored a unanimous decision over Yushin Okami. Puerto Rico’s Jorge Rivera beat Rob Kimmons by TKO.

Dutch seven-footer Stefan Struve beat Chase Gormley with a triangle choke at the 4:04 mark, while Kyle Kingsbury won a split decision over Razak Al-Hassan.

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