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Lyoto Machida learned plenty of stuff from Mark Munoz

Written on October 23, 2013 by Hector

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Mark Munoz has a few tricks for Lyoto Machida in their middleweight showdown this Saturday at Manchester

Former training partners Lyoto Machida and Mark Munoz will have to put their friendship aside once they lock horns at UFC Fight Night 30 this coming Saturday. The two has spent countless hours of training together and both of them admit that they have improved their game with the help of one another. However, according to Mark Munoz, Machida benefited more from him. The Filipino Wrecking Machine also claims that he has a few tricks up on his sleeves being “The Teacher” in their time as training partners and he plans to use them on Saturday night.

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Shogun Rua Faces the Returning Dan Henderson at UFC 139

Written on September 20, 2011 by Lulu

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Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Dan Henderson will face each other for the upcoming UFC 139 on November 19.

Maurico “Shogun” Rua and Dan Hernderson have verbally agreed to face each other at the upcoming UFC 139 on November 19, 2011. Sources confirmed the said bout, which will serve as the return of Dan Henderson in the Octagon after defeating Fedor Emelianenko in Strikeforce. The Shogun Rua vs Dan Henderson match is expected to be the new main event for UFC 139, which saw its prior main event between Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos moved to November 12’s UFC on Fox fight card.

The return of Dan Henderson to UFC will signal the start of his third tenure in the promotion after spending some time in Strikeforce, where he won the light heavyweight crown last March. He remains a viable competitor even at his age for both middleweight and light heavyweight division, and will look to hold the same status in his return to the Las Vegas-based organization.

On the other hand, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is coming off a win over Forrest Griffin in a rematch at UFC 134 — where he knocked out the TUF season 1 winner. He has seen mixed results during his time in the UFC with career stats of 4-3. The fight with Dan Henderson will show that the road back to the title for Shogun Rua will not be easy for him. However, it ensures him a great match.

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UFC 134’s Possible Fight Card

Written on May 10, 2011 by Alvin Guerro

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UFC 134 presents an exciting fight card, as five bouts were confirmed for the upcoming tournament.

The UFC 134 – which will hold on August 27 at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – is shaping up with its recently confirmed fight card. UFC 134’s latest confirmation is Anderson Silva’s middleweight title defense against Yushin Okami.

Meanwhile, Dana White said that the bout between undefeated Edson Barboza and Ross ‘The Real Deal’ Pearson is now being settled through verbal agreement. Edson Barboza recently won a Fight of the Night at his second UFC appearance, while Ross Pearson defeated Spencer Fisher at UFC 127.

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UFC 128 Pre-Fight Video: Maurcio “Shogun” Rua

Written on March 17, 2011 by John Paul Vill

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Rua maybe an underdog, but he's planning on reminding everyone that he's still Shogun -- heavyweight and powerful.

Surely, you’ll see Maurcio “Shogun” as a heavy fighter in the UFC limelight. However, he’ll be entering the UFC 128 Octagon not as a scary heavyweight but as an underdog.

Due to a minor injury, Rua has become an underdog. But this injury isn’t stopping him into cornering Jon Jones. His mind is focused on beating his opponent. After a layoff from injury, he is ready to step back into the fight to remind everyone that “Shogun” is still the fighter to cower before. Video after the skip.

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“I’m Not Afraid to Fight.” — Rashad Evans

Written on March 05, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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"You have people saying I was scared to fight.... man I'm a fighter, that's what I do." --- Rashad Evans

Rashad Evans made a firm decision to wait for a title shot versus Mauricio Shogun Rua. Insisting that it was a business call, he was at the sideline for the last ten months after he decided to wait for Shogun Rua to recover from a knee injury. Rashad Evans would want that, rather than risking his status as the number one light heavyweight contender. Unfortunately, his decision back fired when he acquired a knee injury of his own.

That incident forced him to back out at the UFC 128 main card. Worse, Rashad Evans is seeing his road to the top blocked by a good friend — Jon Jones. Jon Jones will be replacing him at the upcoming event, and will face Shogun Rua in a title match. And though he is accused of being lazy, money driven, and coward, the TUF 2 winner insists that nothing could be further from the truth.

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UFC 128: The Main Card Preview

Written on March 04, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Fans are definitely for one crazy night at the upcoming UFC 128: Shogun vs Jones, as the constellation of MMA superstars are going to take the Octagon.

The upcoming UFC 128: Shogun vs Jones is going to be a crazy night for fans. Many MMA superstars are fighting on the main card, including the much-awaited title match between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Jon Jones. Also included in the card is UFC newcomer, Urijah Faber, versus Eddie Winneland.

Shogun Rua’s skills will be tested in the Octagon against Jon Jones. Both of them are very well-rounded fighters, but have distinctive fighting styles. Jon Jones has a very elusive stand up game, despite having no Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt. He has won Submission of the Night, and he can be a difficult opponent to take down. However, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is no easy adversary. He has notable wins over Mark Coleman, Chuck Liddell and Lyoto Machida. Shogun Rua also has one of most impressive Muay Thai in the sports. Fans will definitely agree that the Shogun vs Jone match-up is going to be an exciting bout to watch out.

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UFC 128 Trailer and Fight Card

Written on February 28, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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As UFC 127 ends with controversy, MMA fans are now anticipating the next match -- UFC 128: Shogun Rua vs Jon Jones.

With UFC 127 ended to a draw, MMA fans and officials now switch their attention to the upcoming UFC 128 event. UFC 128 will highlight a light heavyweight title bout between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Jon Jones. The Shogun Rua vs Jon Jones match will take action on March 19, 2011 at the Prudential Center, in Newark, New Jersey.

Check out the UFC 128 trailer and fight card after the cut.

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“Countdown to UFC 128″ Kicks Off this March 15

Written on February 22, 2011 by John Paul Vill

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Get ready to rumble this March 15 with the "Countdown to UFC 128."

The craze and the exhilaration for this week’s UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch is unbelievably high. However, don’t be carried away to much with it because there is still the “Countdown to UFC 128.”

The event hits Spike TV this March 15 at 11 p.m. ET/PT, and a replay is slated for March 17 at 3 p.m. ET/PT. UFC 128 will take place this March 19 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The pay-per-view main card features a championship headliner between light-heavyweight titleholder Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and replacement fighter Jon Jones.

The show will focus on the headliner’s history of fights. The show will also feature an analysis of the fight. You wouldn’t want to miss it.

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Jon Jones: A UFC 128 Favorite over Shogun Rua

Written on February 08, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Although he is a champion, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua is the underdog to light heavyweight title challenger Jon Jones in their upcoming UFC 128 title fight.

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, despite being a champion, is the current underdog in his upcoming UFC 128 bout against Jon Jones. According to well-known MMA oddsmaker, Joey Odessa, Jon Jones opens at -150 favorite while Shogun Rua is a +120 underdog. That said, oddsmakers are giving Jon Jones an approximate 60% chance of winning while Shogun Rua comes in at 45%. The two figures don’t add up to an even 100% due to the nature of sports wagering.

Taking place on March 19 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, Jon Jones sets up the light heavyweight title bout with a victory over Ryan Bader last UFC 126. Joey Odessa even added that Jon Jones’ dominant win over Ryan Bader made the whole planet buzzing about his potential. And it seems that MMA fans are heading to the windows with it.

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Rampage Jackson, Up Next for a Light Heavyweight Title Match

Written on January 25, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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"There are so many guys at 205. Rampage is probably next in line. Rampage is still in the mix." ---Dana White, UFC President

UFC President, Dana White, revealed that Quinton Rampage Jackson is likely to have a shot at the light heavyweight title. That is, if he beats Thiago Silva at UFC 130. Though Rampage Jackson’s clash against Thiago Silva is not yet official, sources claim that the deal is already slated.

With Ryan Bader set to face Jon Jones at UFC 126, the current 205lbs title picture is getting hot. However, whoever wins between Ryan Bader and Jon Jones is likely to be given one more shot before getting a chance for the belt. That being said, Rampage Jackson is on course for a rematch with either Rashad Evans or Mauricio Shogun Rua.

And just like how Dana White said it: “There’s so many great guys in the 205lbs division. The big problem has been Shogun’s injury clogging up the division. Now he’s healthy and going to fight, and we’ll get everything rolling.”

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