UFC 104 (Fight Video): Mauricio Shogun Rua beats Machida bloody, but senile judges (and God knows what else) rob him blind


Or if you like,  “Fuck the Judges: Machida succumbs to the fists and kicks of  fearless rock n’ roller named Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. ”

Yes, we said “succumb”, because that is exactly what Machida did. Noone has any idea which fight the UFC 104 judges saw when they scored it  48-47 unanimously for Machida when he was winded, beaten and bloodied by round 5, having been rocked not once – but countless times by a young tough who knew where the Machida’s stylistic bones were buried.  And he wasted no time in going right to it and drawing blood by the end.

In our scoring Shogun won all rounds with the possible exception of round 3 where Machida exploded with strikes and kicks that could have knocked Shogun out had Machida had the power to deliver the coup de grace.   How judges Cecil Peoples and Marcos Rosales could have given the first two rounds to Machida is beyond comprehension. And the judge who gave Shogun at least the first round inexplicably reversed himself and gave Machida the final one during which he was visibly debilitated by a dominant Shogun. This judging just boggles the mind. It boggles the mind when one sits down with pen and paper and replays the entire fight.

You can see the  fight video here, while it lasts.  The loading lags quite a bit, so your best bet is to launch it, place it on pause it and brew a nice cup of tea  for about 20 minutes  and then play the video when the graphic meter shows a full load of the entire 36:29 minutes. You will get a smooth play that can be paused and  replayed on the go.

The Mega-Video version which is twice as large as the standard mini-screen version can be seen at  www.mmator.com. Just allow for adequate loading time which will depend on the speed and capacity of your connection. This one is much more fun to watch.

On the pictures side, you can check out the San Francisco Examiner page.

Rashad Evans is seating at home nodding his head like a  sage
As the veil parts and the cloud lifts from his head.
The Machida thrill is gone, and he now knows it can be done
Because a young tough named Shogun showed him how

Night-time Robbery at the Staples: We at Cyberaxis are pretty miffed about this.  There  is nothing anecdotal about this contention:  Mauricio Rua, who came in as the decided underdog, beat Lyoto Machida silly, then got robbed blind by three senile judges and God knows what else. Someone needs to investigate them, and while they are at it, get their blood and urine samples  because the fans deserve to know what the were on the night they plopped their fat asses in the judges’ chairs. The unanimous  48-47 decision for Machida should, in the name of on-going integrity of the UFC,  not go unchallenged because Rua beat Machida soundly in at least 3, if not more, of those the 5 rounds. MMA fans deserve to know what fight those judges were watching tonight. Seriously. Placing the burden on Shogun because he did not knock Machida out outright  is a convenient cop-out.

I see politics has made its way into the UFC. It was bound to happen, just like boxing. I’m seriously debating on not watching UFC anymore. That decision was absolutely FIXED. And I wanted Machida to win. F*## the money grubbing criminals. NOFYB,  Salt Lake City Headlines Examiner.

The release of the judges score card does little to shed any light on what went on inside their heads or what fight they were watching. Their defenders are gonna have an impossible time trying to explain this kind of UNANIMOUS scoring:

Here are the cards in all their stilted glory:

Marcos Rosales (Machida 48-47):
1stRound: Machida 10-9
2ndRound: Machida 10-9
3rdRound: Machida 10-9
4thRound: Rua 10-9
5thRound: Rua 10-9

Cecil Peoples (Machida 48-47):
1stRound: Machida 10-9
2ndRound: Machida 10-9
3rdRound: Machida 10-9
4thRound: Rua 10-9
5thRound: Rua 10-9

Nelson Hamilton (Machida 48-47):
1stRound: Rua 10-9
2ndRound: Machida 10-9
3rdRound: Machida 10-9
4thRound: Machida 10-9
5thRound: Rua 10-9

Scoring summary over 5 rounds:

Nelson Hamilton:  Shogun, Machida, Machida, Machida, Shogun.

Cecil Peoples:  Machida, Machida, Machida, Shogun, Shogun

Marcos Rosales:  Machida, Machida, Machida, Shogun, Shogun.

Judges Sch-mudges – Fuck the Judges! (They were scoring out of their asses): An impartial panel should review that fight frame by frame and re-score it and publish their results before the end of 30 days – with the power of some kind of redress, within or without the regulations.  This may have no precedent in UFC – but that is what the UFC should have to deal with when their judges return such a ridiculous verdict. Unanimous!? Give us a break. UFC adjudication runs the risk of being considered a bloody  joke, if not worse – if you get our drift here.

Aaron Glazer of the San Francisco Examiner is already questioning the integrity of UFC adjudication after two questionable calls within a short period of time:

“Lyoto Machida, the heavily favored light heavyweight champion took on Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in a five round title fight. During this fight, Machida got flat out beat. Of the five rounds, only one, the third, was even seriously debatable to going to Machida. He’s an undefeated champion who has beaten huge name Rashad Evans to a great buy-rate and the UFC clearly wants to protect him, but this is absurd. A man cannot clearly lose 4 or 5 rounds and likely have lost that fifth, then win the fight by decision. It’s simply not possible. To quote a certain famous dramatist: “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” So, with this, so soon after UFC 101, Dana White, the UFC owner, has opened himself up for massive questioning and investigating. Wrestling, long believed real, suffered the same fate and became pure entertainment. Is that the fate of the UFC and MMA in general?” (Aaron Glazer, “What are the chances that Machida vs Shogun Rua was fixed?”,  San Francisco Examiner, October 25, 2009)

The Deconstruction of Lyoto Machina at UFC 104 by a fearless young gun: Mauricio "Shogun" Rua clobbers Machida in one of the barrages that drew blood and a cut lip towards the end. (Photo: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

The Deconstruction of Lyoto Machida at UFC 104 by a fearless young gun, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. Shogun's intermittent barrages hobbled Machida, in addition to drawing visible blood in the end. (Photo: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

Cyberaxis prediction: A professional and public relations firestorm has already erupted over this and Dana White and the UFC will have to fix this post haste. Did we say “fix”? That was totally cosmic!

This latest fiasco adds incredible  fuel to the bonfire of bad decisions that have been made in the UFC lately.  And a lot of fans, judging by actual and internet postings, “have had it with UFC”! Such shennanigans undermine the tenuous faith fans have in this nascent organization. It leads  the level-headed to wonder whether the UFC is just  greasy fight organization with the genes of other fight organizations that have gone before it. Boxing and wheeler-dealing ways of Don King come to mind.

“Shogun and Machida fought their hearts out, but anyone watching that fight knows Shogun won.

The UFC just lost a ton of credibility. It isn’t really a secret that Machida is one of their money makers now, but Shogun won that fight and I doubt I will pay for another UFC fight.

Hell, Mike Goldberg was advertising for the UFC constantly right in the middle of fights. I don’t pay $45 to hear that distracting garbage.

And I certainly don’t pay $45 to see the judges literally gift a fight.

Lyoto even knew he lost when the fight ended. He could barely raise his hands in victory, because HE knew he lost. When Lyoto was waiting for the decision, it was clearly written on his face that he lost. He was waiting for the announcement to take his title away.

UFC is cheap. No respect for their fighters. Shogun is the true champion and we all know it. Everyone who watched that fight knows it.

Between this and calling the Cain/Ben fight way early, I’d have to say the UFC screwed up. Uga Booga – Commenting on Aaron Glazer’s Post “What are the chances that UFC 104’s Machida vs Shogun Rua was fixed?”

The UFC clearly had a vested interest in a win by Machida because of the dire need  star luster in a division that hasn’t had it ever since Tito Ortiz or Chuck Liddel were dethroned. The musical chair circus of Quinton Jackson, Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida within a short space of time has done little to build the potential for effective marketing and major Pay Per View bank.  Shogun Rua was not supposed to win tonight because it would have perpetuated the musical chair circus. But win in actuality he did. Now the question that remains is what fight were those judges watching? What is their history and background?

Mauricio Shogun Rua: The body English was very telling all round. This may be a game changer for Lyoto.

Judges Sch-mudges - Fuck the Judges! They scored out of their asses. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua clearly won UFC 104. Check out the body language. The fraudulent judges' ruling will taint the UFC for a long time. And Shogun's dominant performance was a definite game changer for Lyoto Machida.

There was nothing particularly esoteric about the way the fight progressed tonight. A 15 year old could have judged the contest equitably.  Shogun beat Machida’s butt black and blue.  No ifs ands or butts about it. Machida’s  body language, not to mention his face, said it all. He looked battered, winded and defeated. Compare that visual with that of  Shogun: He was energized, smiling and pumping up his fists following the final bell. And Shogun, a veteran  of brutal Pride battles of yore ain’t no dummy.  A five year old kid could have easily surmised the result of what had just happened; but the judges saw something completely different on top of scoring a fight that must have been  playing in their heads  prior to coming to the Staples Center.

“Dana joked that Strike Force should be called Strike Farce. I gotta say that with the judges decision last night the biggest farce right now is the UFC and anyone who says Fedor was foolish for not joining the UFC can eat crow because the same thing could have happened to him as it did Shogun. If Fedor is to join the UFC it has to be co-promoted to prevent the corrupt UFC judges from making incorrect rulings. Otherwise fighters should hop on the Strike Force band wagon because it may be the only legitimate American MMA fighting organization left right now. ( Neil Roger responding to Brian Oswald’s  ‘Does A Lyoto Machida vs Shogun Rua Rescue The Division?’ Bleacher Report, October 25, 2009)

Even Dana White had to admit to Shogun that he had him ahead of Machida  by his own reckoning. And a forlon Machida refused, even through his corner, to say whether he seconded the judges’ decision. He deflected the issue by pointing out that all three judges had scored the fight in his favor.  The fans responded to the announcement of the Machida win with boos that were heard around the world; which places both the UFC and the Machida camp in an unenviable position of partly defending the indefensible. The rematch concession doesn’t even begin to address the fact Shogun was robbed blind. It wasn’t a good day for the UFC,  or  the Machida camp. Lyoto doesn’t really  deserve to be booed over this, but that is what he is gonna get, especially for his post-fight reaction.

The P.R. Mess: The rematch idea is just another crazy sideshow in an organization that already has many crazy sideshows – this one coming on the heels of Quinton Jackson’s abdication (following what he describes as a series of crazy decisions by Dana White.) The UFC 104 judges should have gotten it right in the first place and not robbed Shogun Rua blind of the belt he clearly deserved. This mess is just not needed. And the rematch is not gonna please a lot of people.  And if it happens, the UFC needs to make it a free, televised event in prime time. Charging for such an event would be immoral and unethical.

Despite Rua controlling the octagon for a majority of the five-round battle (of UFC 104), the judges ruled unanimously (48-47) that Machida was the victor. FightMetric, the FanGraphs of Mixed Martial Arts, shows that Rua was far-and-away the winner of the bout, mostly on account of landing nearly twice as many hits as his opponent. Following the fight, the Internet was very quickly populated with claims that the fight was fixed. UFC President Dana White denied the fix, but did criticize the judges over the ruling and immediately scheduled a rematch between the two fighters.

White, of course, would never flat admit that the fight was fixed. He can feign anger at the judges, but look at what he gets out of it: profit from UFC 104 due to the Machida-Rua fight, and then a rematch that is already generating a lot of buzz, which leads to more revenue. What are we — including us skeptics — going to do when that rematch is televised? We’ll tune in! Of course we will! (Bill Baer, “What If It Isn’t Real?” Baseball Daily Digest)

As if the UFC needs this,  there are fans already vowing to never purchase Pay Per View for UFC events again. The alternative for hopeless addicts would be seeing UFC events at Hooters  or local neighborhood sports bars that show these events gratis or for a small cover charge.

The UFC should  start addressing its P.R. problem by releasing the full video of the Machida-Rua fight gratis in the name of transparency. Whether the  UFC management and its counterparts at all levels of gaming are gonna pursue this public  fiasco with true  reformist zeal or the weary old  “this-is-how-babies-are-made” attitude is gonna make a world of difference. But we are not holding our breath.

Screw the Muppet Show farts who scored UFC 104 for Machida when the Mauricio Shogun Rua had clearly outboxed and outkicked the reigning champion. In the minds of hard core fans, Shogun IS the new LHW champion.

Screw the Muppet Show farts who scored UFC 104 for Machida when the Mauricio Shogun Rua had clearly outboxed and out-smacked the reigning champion. In the minds of hard core fans, Shogun IS the new Light Heavyweight champion.

Stay tuned, because we are just clearing our throat here.

Meanwhile, the reaction to the judges’ decision runs the whole gamut from the cant and sophistry of the MMA Fanhouse article here (“Outrage in Machida-Shogun Unwarranted in Razor-Close Fight” by Mike Chiapetta) to the wholesale outrage expressed by most fans before the industry spin-meisters started spinning the the story. Here is a sample of the firestorm that exploded on Tweeter minutes after the results were announced. It does not matter which search terms you enter. The results are the same. Noone except the most die-hard urine-drinkers, believe Machida won tonight:

Beginning of sample tweets:

  1. ScottChuck UFC 104 thoughts…Shogun was robbed. Also Cain is a scary man and a fight with Brock would be great. 7 minutes ago from web
  2. Deeks_normal YounDk machida was disappointing.. shogun got robbed. #fb 9 minutes ago from Twitterrific
  3. Dancer_lifestyle_normal JRandallMusic Shogun was robbed 17 minutes ago from web
  4. Carnage_6_bout09-199_normal kellbailey shogun got robbed. I was rooting for machida, but he should not have won 20 minutes ago from web
  5. 4255_206174545234_692160234_7076772_4147778_n_normal justinburford Shogun was robbed! 25 minutes ago from TwitterBerry
  6. L_4a39f0aac9904e1c9c636601914c5778_normal Micfiends shogun was robbed 27 minutes ago from web
  7. Brickyard_logo_normal BrickyardGrill Shogun was robbed! #UFC was totally rigged! Machida got annihilated out there! I give up on any mixed martial arts competitions…. 29 minutes ago from web
  8. Me3_normal jamespoling @danawhiteufc How on earth could 3 judges score that fight for Machida? Shogun was robbed. Please avoid Cali if that’s the judges they have 34 minutes ago from Tweetie
  9. Frankenstein_normal the_sofa_king Shogun was robbed I say. I bet a parlay of all underdogs and was on my way to a 3000 dollar payday until that terrible decision 35 minutes ago from web
  10. Strongandfitpromo_normal StrongandFit @danawhiteufc Shogun was robbed. Get new judges. 40 minutes ago from web
  11. Default_profile_1_normal twitbenj SHOGUN WAS ROBBED! 42 minutes ago from web
  12. Default_profile_2_normal MadFlavas Watched UFC 104 today… shogun was robbed about 1 hour ago from web
  13. _mg_9343copyedit_normal trevorshirk Worst. Decision. Ever. Shogun was robbed. about 1 hour ago from web
  14. L2ec1e3d4a1213876702909_normal Jared8908 UFC was a joke tonight. Shogun got robbed! about 1 hour ago from web
  15. Default_profile_0_normal chriryan85ryan pissed shogun was robbed no more going too california stay in nevada about 1 hour ago from web
  16. __capitol_records_normal trustingdragon @KevinI I agree with you, Kevin. Shogun seemed to be the victor. He was robbed. about 1 hour ago from web
  17. Img_0798_normal Krysis_ I’ve said it once & I’ll say it again: Shogun was robbed. about 1 hour ago from twidroid
  18. Dsc00273_normal georgiepourgie @danawhiteufc u must be fixing up for a big fight down the line cause Shogun was robbed! I adore Machida but he didn’t deserve the win about 1 hour ago from web
  19. Default_profile_0_normal BeNeeZy Shogun was ROBBED!!!! Shogun IS THE REAL LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION!!!! … http://lnk.ms/46W7q about 1 hour ago from MySpace
  20. Me16_normal 916Chris Thought UFC 104 was a really good ppv with a great, tactical main event. That said Shogun won and was robbed of a victory by the judges imo about 1 hour ago from web
  21. ElBoberino @joerogandotnet Watched the game at my friends place. You could hear shouts from the other apts when Machida won. 2 minutes ago from Twitterrific
  22. Twitterprofilephoto_normal Prizzy11 O well everyone! Machidawon“,what can we do about it??? 4 minutes ago from web
  23. Rr_normal megatronshawn Its Over, Machida Won. And Everyone Is Pissed. Even Machida Knew he Lost. 5 minutes ago from web
  24. Img00827-20090607-2242_normal WhittniBubbles Machida won! Woot! Woot! 5 minutes ago from TwitterBerry
  25. Alt_head_shot_normal SimpleManJess Machida lost but won – Fightlinker – MMA, UFC, and other funny … http://bit.ly/IBtYB 9 minutes ago from twitterfeed
  26. Ghost489 WoW that ufc fight was not what i expected….im a huge Machida fan but Shogun won that fight!! 9 minutes ago from mobile web
  27. N11505085_32995246_8851_normal TheKingOfZing Glad that Machida won… pumped for UFC 106 and 107… Going to bed now… Peace out. 11 minutes ago from web
  28. Photo_126_normal cscbmx rigged, I don’t want to see a rematch, shogun Won, machida does deserve that…………………. 12 minutes ago from web
  29. Moscow_normal Mikey2004 @Rachelle_Leah shogun won it. I fail to see how machida won 3 rounds 12 minutes ago from Echofon
  30. Republican-hip-hop_normal TheRepublican86 Says “evrybody knew who won 2nite,SHOGUN! Even da crowe expressed der opinion. Dey booooed Machida and applauded SHOGUN!” FACT! 13 minutes ago from txt
  31. Photo_2_normal sirshan Machida won. Lets face it…if the champ didnt get ko’d or submitted, he won. Punished him yes…win, not really. No belt, no win. LOL!!!!! 14 minutes ago from Tweetie
  32. Jake_normal Stehlik2 No way Machida should have won tonight! 15 minutes ago from web
  33. Default_profile_5_normal apsmithjr I watched the IFC fight, and rua got screwed. machida didn’t even think he won. How do all judges score the same? Something was rotten. 16 minutes ago from Twitterrific
  34. Music_normal HoneyPie440 And Machida won!!!!! 20 minutes ago from web
  35. Kai2_normal Karl_Tan_Ipong maybe shogun won that fight by score but i think he should knock machida out first to be considered as the champ.. 23 minutes ago from web
  36. August_25__2009_-_facebook_-_090_normal ryanglancy lyoto machida and cain velasquez both win. one called a little early and the other just a little lucky. either way, glad they both won. 25 minutes ago from web
  37. Alex_is_the_man_normal JamMasterAlex Machida won and so did I ; well five bucks about 1 hour ago from UberTwitter
  38. Me_4_normal naughty_nick @danawhiteufc #UFC104 Machida Vs. Shogun.. Possibly the best fight of the year!! What a screwjob decision, Shogun had that fight won!! about 2 hours ago from UberTwitter
  39. Meg_me_and_em_normal DerekWinsick WOW Shogun really won the fight it was either 49-46 him or I can see 48-47 Shogun not 48-47 Machida he did nothing to win that fight about 2 hours ago from web
  40. 3059396017_fab02156e9_m_normal slaloms Wow…Machida…really? Shogun shoulda won that one. about 2 hours ago from Echofon
  41. Ghost489 WoW that ufc fight was not what i expected….im a huge Machida fan but Shogun won that fight!! 9 minutes ago from mobile web

End of sample tweets.

Appendices:

Machida Era Is Over: Shogun knocks out Machida at UFC 113 (Cyberaxis)

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs Alistair Overeem (PRIDE 33, 2/24/07)

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3 responses to “UFC 104 (Fight Video): Mauricio Shogun Rua beats Machida bloody, but senile judges (and God knows what else) rob him blind

  1. I had Shogun winning rounds 1, 4, and 5. It was a shame. Shogun earned his redemption, and the title tonight.

    Michael

  2. Nicely done. Do you write for any other blogs?

    Steven

  3. Outstanding article! I look forward to more postings like this one. Does your website have a newsletter?

    Immompurisino

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