UFC 104: Is Lyoto Machida for Real?

Mark PareCorrespondent IIOctober 21, 2009

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 21: Lyoto Machida of Brazil and David Heath of England in action during a Welterweight bout of the Ultimate Fighting Championship at the Manchester Evening News Arena on April 21, 2007 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Gary M. Prior/Getty Images).

In Los Angeles on Oct. 24, Lyoto Machida defends the UFC Light-Heavyweight championship against a man with quite the resume in the sport of MMA: Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.

Rua has been on a tear in MMA since winning the Middleweight Grand Prix in PRIDE four years ago. He has gone 6-2 since then, only losing to Hall of Famer Mark Coleman and the highly publicized choke-out loss to Forrest Griffin.

Machida is undefeated in his MMA career and is the type of fighter that knows how to finish as of late. He has finished three of his last four opponents and is now looking for his eighth consecutive win in the UFC.

Also at UFC 104, Cain Velasquez will take on Ben Rothwell in a heavyweight bout with championship implications.

Velasquez is 6-0 in his MMA career and is coming off of a decision victory over Cheick Kongo. This win is uncharacteristic for Velasquez as he is known for quick first-round knockouts. (His first four fights were first round TKOs and win No. 5 was a second round TKO.)

Rothwell is a former IFL fighter and has won 14 of his last 15 fights. The only smudge on that record was a loss to former Heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski.

Another prominent bout on the card is a lightweight tilt between Joe Stevenson and Spencer Fisher.

Stevenson has been in a slump as of late, losing three of his last five, albeit against world class athletes B.J. Penn, Kenny Florian, and Diego Sanchez. He got a decision victory in his last bout against Nate Diaz.

Fisher has won his last three fights and is looking to make a claim to a title shot with a win.

With both of these fighters out for something to prove, this fight has FotN implications.

All this, yet another Yushin Okami undercard fight (remember, he is the last fighter to defeat Anderson Silva and is still climbing the ladder for a title shot after an injury prevented the much anticipated rematch at UFC 90) and all the glitz and glamour of being in Hollywood.

It's UFC 104, and it's live at 10:00 pm EST on Oct. 24 on PPV or at local establishments near you.