Add UFC President Dana White to the long list of disappointed mixed martial arts fans who felt Mauricio "Shogun" Rua did enough to win a decision over undefeated light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida, last night at UFC 104 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
The only problem is he didn't, losing two rounds two three. In fact, all three judges -- Nelson Hamilton, Cecil Peoples and Marcos Rosales -- scored it 48-47 for the "Dragon."
"I thought Shogun won the fight," White remarked at the post-event press conference.
However, White appeared to be a little ticked that both fighters didn't lay it all on the line in the fifth and final round. That's because both of their respective corners told them they were ahead on the judges scorecards.
Expect Machida and Shogun to do things much differently in a rematch, which White said would happen "as fast as we can."
"I believe this will be a good rematch," he said. "They won't make the same mistakes next time. Each one will try to win decisively."
It wasn't clear exactly when Machida-Shogun 2 would take place because the dust had barely settled on a very controversial decision. In addition, Machida admitted that his leg was very sore after absorbing several kicks from the powerful Chute Boxe-trained striker.
But it can't come soon enough.