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.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.