Shogun knocks out Machida

NEIL SPRINGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:53 AM ET

MONTREAL — If there were any doubts Mauricio (Shogun) Rua had Lyoto (The Dragon) Machida’s number, they were put to rest at UFC 113.

Rua (19-4), who many felt won the first fight, dropped Machida (16-1) with an overhand right in the first round. After following up a flurry of punches from the mount, Rua was the new UFC light-heavyweight champion.

"For Shogun to go out and knock Machida out in the first round the way he did — to call it amazing would be stupid," UFC president Dana White said. "It's incredible. It's unbelievable."

Rua said he used the disappointment of the first bout to push himself in training for the rematch.

"I tried not to think about the first fight," Rua said. "All the controversy from the first fight motivated me to train hard and go in there and get the win.

"When I connected with the overhand right punch, I already noticed he was going out. I took the opportunity to finish the fight, but I actually stopped punching before the ref stopped it."

Josh (Kos) Koscheck will coach opposite Georges (Rush) St. Pierre on the next season of The Ultimate Fighter.

Once the TV shows has wrapped up, St. Pierre (20-2) will defend his welterweight championship against Koscheck (15-4).

Koscheck earned the title shot by beating Paul (Semtex) Daley in the co-main event of UFC 113.

Koscheck used his superior grappling to control Daley (23-9-2) for much of the bout. Once the fight was over, Daley threw a punch at Koscheck, leading referee Dan Mirgliotta to tackle him against the fence. Following the incident, UFC president Dana White entered the cage to talk with Daley.

White confirmed Daley was immediately fired over the incident.

"He's done," White said. "I don't give a s--- if he's the one of the best 170 pounders in the world. He's done. It was probably one of the dumbest things I've ever seen.

"That will never be allowed. I don't care if he goes and fights all over the world and is considered the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world. He will never fight in the UFC again, and the commission will do whatever they will with him."

In a big size mismatch, Matt Mitrione was able to stop Kevin (Kimbo Slice) Ferguson with strikes in the second round. Ferguson (4-2) was able to control much of the first round, scoring strong takedowns and winning most of the stand-up exchanges.

However, Mitrione (2-0) was able to use his size advantage to stay on top of Ferguson. After a series of unanswered punches from the mount, the bout was called.

“I feel like I softened him with those leg kicks and then went for that shot. I took him down,” Mitrione said. “I feel like I’m getting better. I’ve only been in the game about a year. I don’t know where this win puts me, but I’m glad to see that I’m improving.”

It was a rough night at UFC 113 for Canadian fighters, who lost six of their seven bouts.

Ontario’s Sam (Hands of Stone) Stout lost a close split-decision to Jeremy (L’il Heathen) Stephens. Down on the scorecards, Stout hurt Stephens in the third with a leg kick. After dropping him with a right-hook, Stout unloaded with elbows and cut Stephens. However, it was not enough to steal the bout away.

In a big size mismatch, Matt Mitrione was able to stop Kevin (Kimbo Slice) Ferguson with strikes in the second round. Ferguson (4-2) was able to control much of the first round, scoring strong takedowns and winning most of the stand-up exchanges.

However, Mitrione (2-0) was able to use his size advantage to stay on top of Ferguson. After a series of unanswered punches from the mount, the bout was called.

“I feel like I softened him with those leg kicks and then went for that shot; I took him down,” Mitrione said. “I feel like I’m getting better. I’ve only been in the game about a year. I don’t know where this win puts me, but I’m glad to see that I’m improving.”

Quebec’s Patrick (The Predator) Cote had a disappointing UFC return, succumbing to a rear-naked choke from Alan (The Talent) Belcher in the second-round.

Cote (13-6) was able to trade shots well with Belcher, but fell victim to a big slam that set up the submission.

“Last time I was in Montreal, it wasn’t my day,” Belcher said. “I didn’t care where the fight went.”

Following the bout, Belcher (16-6) challenged the winner of the middleweight title match between Anderson (The Spider) Silva and Chael Sonnen.

“I feel like I’ve won five in a row,” Belcher said. “I won that (Yoshihiro) Akiyama fight. I want the winner of Chael Sonnen and Anderson Silva. I believe I’m ready.”

It was also a rough night on the UFC 113 undercard for the Canadians, who were victorious in only one of five bouts.

Winnipeg’s Joe (El Dirte) Doerksen made a successful return to the octagon, submitting Tom (Filthy) Lawlor in the second round with a rear-naked choke. Lawlor (6-3) came close to finishing Doerksen (45-12) in the first, but Doerksen survived the initial onslaught.

As the second round started, Doerksen looked more comfortable in the stand-up and started picking Lawlor apart, before securing the choke for the win.

Quebec’s Jonathan (Road Warrior) Goulet suffered a devastating TKO loss at the hands of Marcus (Irish Hand Grenade) Davis. Goulet (22-11) managed to out-wrestle Davis (17-6) in the first round, but fell victim to a big left in the second, spelling the end of the bout.

Nova Scotia’s T.J. Grant lost a tough majority decision to Johny Hendricks. During the bout, Grant (15-4) landed two accidental low blows, causing the referee to deduct one point in the third round. Though Grant won the first round quite definitively, the second and third were very close. In the end, the judges scored it 29-27, 29-27 and 28-28, giving the win to Hendricks (8-0).

Tim (The Thrashing Machine) Hague was once again on the rough end of a judges decision. Though he took a beating in the first round against Joey (The Mexecutioner) Beltran, Hague (10-4) began landing bigger shots as the bout continued. In the third, he was able to secure three takedowns. However, the three judges scored it 30-27, 30-26 and 29-28 in favour of Beltran (12-3).

Jason (The Athlete) MacDonald’s return to the UFC against John Salter didn’t go as planned. About half-way through the first round, Salter (5-1) shot in for a takedown causing referee Dan Mirgliotta to immediately stop the bout. The decision received a chorus of boos from the fans in attendance. However, the instant replay showed MacDonald’s (24-14) leg snapping at the shin.

In the only other undercard fight, Mike (The Joker) Guymon earned a unanimous decision over Yoshiyuki (Zenko) Yoshida.


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