UFC 104: Mauricio Rua Robbed in Light Heavyweight Bout

Paul HandContributor IOctober 25, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24:  UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida (R) battles with UFC Light Heavyweight challenger Mauricio Rua (L) during their title fight at UFC 104 at Staples Center on October 24, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

In one of the most anticipated fights in MMA in quite some time, Mauricio Rua put on a striking clinic at UFC 104 Saturday night against one of the best fighters on the planet, Lyoto Machida.

In a intriguing contest held in Los Angeles, Shogun punished Machida with leg and body kicks throughout the fight. Machida kept his calm and continued to fight the way he always fights. Even, so he lost at least four of the five rounds, possibly winning the third.

I scored the fight 49-46 in Shogun's favour. To my surpirise, and indeed everyone across the world, the judges scored the fight UNANIMOUSLY in Machida's favour. In one of the worst decisions in UFC history, the fans are robbed of the true champion of the light heavyweight division—Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.