Machida Says Shogun Will Be 2 or 3 Steps Behind

October 21, 2009

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 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.

Lyoto Machida and Mauricio Rua“This is likely the key, to find the pace and the rhythm, mostly the timing of the strikes to be able to connect and to make it a fight,” said Rua.

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.”





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