UFC 113: Now with 100% less Anderson Silva!

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UFC 113: Now with 100% less Anderson Silva!
It's been four weeks since Anderson Silva's in-octagon antics at UFC 112 bruised the company that promotes him far more than the opponent opposite him that night in Abu Dhabi.  Sure, Silva defeated fellow Brazilian Demian Maia for a record 11th-straight UFC victory, but company president Dana White couldn't have cared less about the outcome.

White shared every MMA fan's frustration over Silva's failure to play the aggressor against an over-matched opponent, and he knows tonight's card needs to appease the masses.

"I'll get on my Twitter every once in a while and people will be like, 'Hey, when are you making it up to us?'" said White, transcribed by MMAJunkie.com.
"Give me some [expletive] time. I will. I've got to find the right time and the right opportunity."
White may not need that much time.  Tonight's UFC 113 card features a highly-anticipated rematch for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship between champion Lyoto Machida and challenger Maurice "Shogun" Rua.  Neither man has fought since UFC 104 in October, when Machida won a unanimous decision despite protests from many--including White, who paid Rua $100,000 more than the contractual obligation following the fight.

Rua had been red-hot before the controversial loss to Machida, winning 14 of 16 bouts with knockouts of "Rampage" Jackson and Chuck Liddell.  Machida has won all 16 of his pro fights to this point, but five of his eight UFC matches have gone to the judges.  He scored two straight knockouts for only the second time in his career, against Thiago Silva and then Rashad Evans, before his first fight with "Shogun."

Should the champion hand the fight to the judges once more, they may take extra caution before deciding victory for him over Rua again.

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