Tuesday, October 27, 2009
In an attempt to stave off controversy, the California State Athletic Commission has released the scores for the Lyoto Machida/Mauricio "Shogun" Rua 2 bout, despite the fact that the match has yet to occur and has not even been officially agreed upon or announced. According to CSAC representatives, the eagerly-anticipated rematch between the two best light-heavyweights in the world - which could happen at a UFC event next year, maybe in California, maybe not - will end with Machida the winner by split decision, with two judges giving four rounds to the champ and one judge giving three rounds to the challenger. As their first meeting, an epic, five-round war at UFC 104 this past weekend, ended with Machida the recipient of a questionable decision, it appears that the California commission is taking proactive steps to ensure a more fair result. Said CSAC chairman Mario Ramirez Brown, "The Commission isn't dumb. We know mixed martial arts. And just like we know Mr. Machida won the first time, we know that he wins the second time. Now excuse me, but I have to go sexually harrass my staff."