The outcome of the Lyoto Machida vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua fight left a bad taste in many peoples mouths, including Rua’s coach, Andre Dida. Dida recently told Terra Magazine that Shogun clearly won the fight and should be the current light-heavyweight champion. While champion Machida is currently sidelined due to a hand surgery, Dida feels that his next opponent needs to be Rua, once he is healthy enough to fight.
“Everybody saw Shogun performed very well. The belt is Shogun’s,” Dida proclaimed. “It was a fatality Lyoto has injured his hand, but the next defense of the belt has to be against Shogun, or else it will be very unfair to him.”
Dida said that Rua will likely not step back into the cage until Machida is ready to fight.
“I believe Shogun would rather to wait for the rematch rather than fight another adversary,” he admitted. “He will fight for the belt. I think he is going to wait for Lyoto’s recovery to square off (against) him.”
Dida maintains that Rua not only won the fight at UFC 104, but did so by dominating all five rounds.
“Rua applied perfectly the fighting plan and won all the rounds,” he said. “The hits that he landed were harder than Machida’s, and we didn’t count on that unexpected judges decision. Mauricio was very sad but is calmer now thanks to the care of the fans. He watched the fight again and knows he won.”
UFC President Dana White has promised a rematch, scheduled to take place once Machida is recovered from his recent surgery.
“I think the revenge will take place in four months at the most,” Dida said. “We had a feeling of injustice. For real, the controversial result only delayed what belongs to him.”