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.