UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida isn’t buying Mauricio “Shogun” Rua’s promise to be patient when they face off Saturday at UFC 104.
Rua, 27, in July told MMAWeekly.com that Machida’s past opponents had gone wrong by rushing to the attack. He would wait for the right moment to strike at the champion.
The statement was unusual coming from Rua, who made his career off an aggressive, freewheeling style that overwhelmed foes.
Machida, who would probably have a picture in the MMA dictionary under patience, believes his first big punch will send Rua back to his old ways.
“I think it’s a little strange, because in the end, everyone goes back to what they feel safe with.”