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Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua: 'I saw Machida dazed and took the opportunity to knock him out'




"I'm very happy, this belt is my big dream! This is my life. I trained hard every day for this. I saw that (Machida) got dazed and was about to go down so I took the opportunity to knock him out. Everything that happened [after UFC 104] just gave me more motivation to win this belt. "

Newly crowned Light Heavyweight Champion Mauricio Rua is ecstatic after knocking out the previously undefeated Lyoto Machida to usurp the 205-pound throne. "Shogun" came up on the wrong end of a unanimous decision at their first encounter last October, but had no intentions of letting the judges have their say in the rematch. After knocking out "The Dragon," the entire UFC light heavyweight division is going to be lining up. Could a Shogun vs. Rampage rematch be in the works? Only if "B.A. Baracus" holds up his end of the bargain against Rashad Evans at UFC 114.

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