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THE LUCK OF THE DIRT! SHOGUN RUA, ARE YOU THE DIRT?

MIAMI - JULY 18:  Shovels and hard hats stand by for members of the groundbreaking ceremony for the Florida Marlins baseball team's new stadium on July 18, 2009 in Miami, Florida. The park is scheduled to open in 2012 and the team intends to change its name to the Miami Marlins prior to the completion of the ballpark.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
jason hughesContributor IDecember 18, 2016

 My best bet is that this many shovels may be quite excessive, but the pace that the Dragon has been slaying MMA fighters I do not believe with every breath I take that he could use every one of them to bury his unknowing victims.

 Do  I believe that Lyoto Machida is in deep, maybe, will he beat Shogun, probably, but something keeps telling the back of my ever burning brain that just as elusive and awkward as Lyoto is, I just can't help but remember a man who at one time was considered to be exactly the same.

 I keep getting this urge to proclaim Machida all but having this fight wrapped up but I also get at the same time that this just might be his toughest fight to date.

 Mauricio Rua, who has been rebiult from toes to nose seems to be getting stronger faster and bolder every time he has stepped into the cage and I cannot forget that at one time he was considered one of the most unorthadox fighters in all of MMA.

 It wont be enough I am afraid to dethrone one of the hottest fighters of the here and now but I am very well predicting a fighter who is going to make a lot of people think that his days as an elite fighter are over.

 There will even be some moments in this fight that might just have the biggest Machida fans hearts skipping beats and popping there nitro pills like Lifesavers at bad movie theater showing.

 Shogun's awkward style will give Lyoto fits and I  can see him even stealing a round, but that's about it, cause after the Dragon figures out shogun and dispatches him MMA fans won't be so quick to say that Mauricio's best days are behind him.

 Let's just not put a diaper on Shogun just yet.

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