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UFC 104: Machida vs Shogun

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    Machida wins by decision

    Lyoto Machida won an unanimous decision against Shogun Rua Saturday night in the main event of UFC 104.

  • Mauricio Shogun Rua, right, connects with Lyoto Machida Saturday night during the main event of UFC 104 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Machida won a controversial unanimous decision for the UFC light heavyweight title.

    UFC president leans toward rematch between Lyoto Machida and Shogun Rua

    October 25, 2009

    LOS ANGELES - Lyoto Machida entered the Octagon Saturday night under a roar of cheers as the undisputed UFC light heavyweight champion. Twenty-five minutes of war later, he left it in a wave of boos — still the UFC champion, but certainly not the undisputed one.

  • Cain Velasquez connects on Ben Rothwell Saturday night during UFC 104 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.  Velasquez won with stoppage in the second round.

    Cain Velasquez impressive in win, may still have to wait for title shot

    October 25, 2009

    LOS ANGELES — There’s stepping up. And then there’s what Cain Velasquez did to Ben Rothwell Saturday night. Besides blindfolding him and kicking him in the ribs a few times, the UFC couldn’t have been much worse to Velasquez over the last few months.

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    UFC 104 Weigh-Ins

  • UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida (left) and challenger Mauricio Rua face-off during the weigh-ins at the L.A. Live Event Deck Friday in Los Angeles.  The two will headline Saturdays fight at the Staples Center.

    Breaking down UFC 104: Lyoto Machida v. Shogun Rua

    October 24, 2009

    LOS ANGELES — It's just one of those inevitable facts of life — Sometimes best friends get into fights. Unfortunately for UFC president Dana White, Lyoto Machida and Anderson Silva has said that will never apply to them, even if Machida is successful in defending his light heavyweight belt tonight at UFC 104.

  • Cain Velasquez (left)  and Ben Rothwell face-off during the UFC 104 weigh-ins at the L.A. Live Event Deck Friday in Los Angeles.

    Breaking down UFC 104: Cain Velasquez v. Ben Rothwell

    October 24, 2009

    LOS ANGELES — Sooner or later in a UFC fighter’s career, there comes a time when he must step for a fight he probably never wanted in the first place. Although he’s done his best not to come out and say it, that’s probably the case this weekend with Cain Velasquez.

  • The Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles is the site of Saturday night's UFC 104.

    UFC 104: Where to watch

    October 24, 2009

    While Los Angeles is not too far away, a weekend trip and a UFC 104 admission ticket aren’t in the cards for every MMA fan this weekend. If you’re looking for local viewing options, there are plenty. Some Station Casino locations and sports bars and lounges will be showing the fight and offering food and drink specials.

  • Anthony Johnson (left) and Yoshiyuki Yoshida face-off during the UFC 104 weigh-ins at the L.A. Live Event Deck Friday in Los Angeles.

    UFC 104 weigh-in blog: Johnson misses weight by six pounds

    October 23, 2009

    LOS ANGELES — Three fighters missed weight during Friday's UFC 104 weigh-in, including welterweight Anthony Johnson, who was rumored to have been carried down the street after he became too weak to walk from attempting to cut to 170 pounds.

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    Fireside Chat with Dana White: UFC 104

    UFC President Dana White is known for sitting down with media members at every pre-fight press conference to answer any and all questions about his organization. In our second installment of Fireside Chat, White discusses everything from Dan Henderson's possible deal with Strikeforce to the lastest episode of the Ultimate Fighter to Chuck Liddell's appearance on Dancing with the Stars.

  • UFC President Dana White responds to questions during a meeting with photographers at a pre-fight press conference. White traditionally meets with reporters to answer all questions regarding the UFC before pay-per-view events.

    Dana White suggests Dan Henderson headed to Strikeforce

    October 22, 2009

    LOS ANGELES — Keeping true to a well-established tradition of pre-fight press conferences, UFC President Dana White sat down to answer questions from media members Thursday. The Las Vegas Sun provides a look into these conversations with the package Fireside Chats, which includes video and text breakdown of the main topics covered by White. Here’s what he had to say today, just days before Saturday's UFC 104.

  • Ben Rothwell and Cain Velasquez face off during a pre-fight press conference Thursday at the Westside Pavilion Mall in Los Angeles. The two will headline Saturday's fight at the Staples Center.

    Ben Rothwell not alone in UFC debut

    October 22, 2009

    Nearly every serious mixed martial artist in the United States has at least heard of striking coach Duke Roufus and his training facility in Milwaukee, Wis. Given the fact that Ben Rothwell is from Kenosha, Wis., it was a given that he was aware of the trainer and his family’s history

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    UFC 104 Pre-Fight Press Conference

  • Mauricio Rua addresses the media during a UFC pre-fight press conference Thursday at the Westside Pavilion Mall in Los Angeles. Rua will fight Lyota Machida at the Staples Center.

    Take Five: Five things to know about UFC 104

    October 22, 2009

    Pound for pound implications? A fighter with more than 35 professional fights making his UFC debut? Trouble selling tickets? All things to look for at UFC 104.

  • Lyoto Machida celebrates his second round knockout victory over Rashad Evans during their UFC light heavyweight mixed martial arts match Saturday, May 23, 2009 at The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

    UFC champ Lyoto Machida still fighting like a challenger

    October 19, 2009

    Fifteen opponents have faced Lyoto Machida, and 15 challengers have failed to defeat him. But the one man who knows that Machida most certainly can be beaten, is “The Dragon” himself. “I think no one is unbeatable, anybody can be beaten," said the UFC light heavyweight champ last week during a media teleconference.

  • Mauricio "Shogun" Rua celebrates after his TKO victory over Chuck Liddell at UFC 97 in Montreal Saturday, April 18, 2009.

    Shogun’ Rua thinks he can solve Lyoto Machida puzzle

    October 16, 2009

    Like everyone else in the Staples Center next Saturday night, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua knows who the favorite will be when the lights go down for the main event of UFC 104. “It’s only right that he’s the favorite. He’s the number one fighter in the weight class and the champion,” said Rua of facing UFC lightweight champ Lyoto Machida in Los Angeles.

  • Steve Cantwell applies an armbar to Razak Al-Hassan in the first round of their bout at UFC's Fight for the Troops show on December 10, 2008. The bout ended when Cantwell won by TKO after dislocating Al-Hassan's elbow.

    Razak Al-Hassan: More than just ‘the guy that didn’t tap’

    October 19, 2009

    The typical belief is that injuries are known for ending careers, not starting them. Just don’t tell that to Razak Al-Hassan.

  • Cain Velasquez works his ground and pound on Cheick Kongo during their UFC heavyweight bout at UFC 99 in Cologne, Germany, on June 13.

    Cain Velasquez faces big risk, small reward at UFC 104

    October 9, 2009

    In the sport of mixed martial arts, it’s well known that a fight can change in a heartbeat. As Cain Velasquez now well knows, so can the road to becoming a champion.

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    The Machida Era

    A new era in the UFC begins after Lyoto Machida knocked out Rashad Evans to win the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship Saturday night at UFC 98 at the MGM Grand.