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Shogun Rua: Beating Lyoto Machida is a matter of time and space

Shogun Rua

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"The key to beat him is work the question of the space in the Octagon. Lyoto is very good on it, and besides that, I tried to take in account all the possibilities that may happen in the fight. I have even trained with karatecas to understand their game. Lyoto plays in the distance and counter attack also in the short distance. So I’m very confident to find the right timing and win."

Mauricio Rua weighs in on his upcoming title fight against Lyoto Machida at UFC 104 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on Oct. 24. "Shogun" prepares to do what 15 other men failed to do before him: Slay "The Dragon." Is the key to beating the enigmatic champion a matter of disrupting his tactical use of the Octagon? And does Rua have the tools to do it? Sound off, Maniacs.

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