Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will finally get a chance to avenge his controversial UFC 104 unanimous decision loss to UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida on May 1, 2010 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports tweeted Wednesday that UFC President Dana White confirmed the date to him.
The bout was expected to happen as soon as Machida was announced as the winner of the original bout. UFC president announced his intentions of making the rematch at the UFC 104 post-fight press conference, and the fight was scheduled for UFC 108 in January, however had to be postponed after Machida needed more time to recover from an injury suffered in the bout with Shogun.
“I’m ready to make this rematch as fast as we can,” White said. “That’s me the fight fan, the business fan, whatever you want to call me. I want to see this fight again.”
White also stated that he expected a rematch to be very different from the original bout, saying, “The rematch will be a different fight from both guys. No one wants to lose and win a fight the way these guys did, it doesn’t feel good for anybody. So I guarantee you that the next fight is going to be much different.
“And I want to see it,” White admitted. “I wanna see this fight again.”