After a controversial end to their first fight, Lyota Machida and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua clash in a long-awaited rematch this weekend at UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun 2. The initial fight between Machida and Shogun was a UFC Light Heavyweight title bout at UFC 104 in October 2009. Machida put his title on the line and successfully defended it by winning by unanimous decision after the fight went the distance. Machida may have won on the judges’ scoring cards at UFC 104, but that’s not how everyone saw the fight. Many experts and UFC fans thought the fight should have gone to Shogun and the fight has been embroiled in controversy because of it.
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Shogun may have been close to delivering an upset at UFC 104, but it hasn’t improved his odds for this weekend’s fight. Over at Sportsbook Shogun is a +160 underdog to take Machida’s Light Heavyweight title. Machida is a -200 favorite as a win would maintain his perfect MMA record. He’s currently 16-0 with five wins by knockout in his career, while Shogun is 18-4 with 15 wins by KO. Aside from the UFC 113 main event the bout on the fight card that has the most people talking is the UFC pay-per-view debut of brawler Kimbo Slice. Slice entered the UFC by taking part in The Ultimate Fighter 10 television show where his performance didn’t live up to the hype. In his official UFC debut at The Ultimate Fighter 10 finale he faced Houston Alexander and won by unanimous decision. Slice’s opponent this weekend will be MMA rookie Matt Mitrione. He also made his way into the UFC through The Ultimate Fighter 10. In his fight at the finale show he faced Marcus Jones and won after delivering a knockout in the second round. Slice is a small underdog in the bout at -105 at Sportsbook, but anyone expecting him to simply throw down in the octagon like he used to in the streets could be in for a disappointment. Slice has reportedly tried to become a smarter fighter while training for the bout and a more tactical fight could be in order.
UFC 113 odds courtesy of Sportsbook: Light Heavyweight: Lyoto Machida -200 Mauricio Rua +160 Welterweight: Josh Koscheck -250 Paul Daley +190 Middleweight: Alan Belcher -130 Patrick Cote Even Heavyweight: Kimbo Slice -105 Matt Matrione -125 Lightweight: Sam Stout -215 Jeremy Stephens +175 Middleweight: Jason MacDonald -145 John Salter +115 Welterweight: Yoshiyuki Yoshida -260 Michael Guymon +200 Heavyweight: Tim Hague -250 Joey Beltran +190 Welterweight: T.J. Grant +350 Johny Hendricks -525 Welterweight: Marcus Davis -575 Jonathan Goulet +375 Middleweight: Tom Lawlor -600 Joe Doerksen +400