“This rematch is much wished because it’s a title shot for the world championship. It’s my biggest interest. I’m sure worried to achieve my dream and the revenge comes on the second plan. I was choked for that loss against him, but Machida has no blame. The judges are the guilty who were the only three people in the world that understood he won the fight.”
– Mauricio Rua speaking about his controversial decision loss to Lyoto Machida at UFC 104 and his desire for a quick rematch. Although he dominated a large majority of the fight, Rua inexplicably dropped a five round unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47) to Machida and is seeking an immediate rematch (now verbally committed to on both sides). Most observers felt that the decision was one of year’s worst.