The two fought in 2009 in UFC 104 and Machida won a controversial decision in UFC odds. Rua has had to wait awhile but he will get his rematch on Saturday night in UFC betting at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.
UFC betting lists Machida as the -200 favorite in this bout. Machida won the first fight between the two in 2009 but Rua still believes he should have gotten the UFC gambling decision. “I think I won the fight,” said Rua, “Everything in the fight went as planned and I wouldn’t change the strategy because it worked really well. My only mistake was I left it up to the judges.”
The official scoring for that bout was 48-47. Machida believes that the decision was a good one. “I felt that I was winning the fight,” said Machida. “I felt that I was definitely winning the 3 rounds and definitely won the 4th. At the end of the day I was the champion and he was the one coming after my belt.”
Machida believes that having fought Rua before makes for a better fight this time in UFC betting. “We’re both a lot more familiar with each other than we were the first time we met,” Machida said. “So I think it just makes all that much greater for a better fight this time around.”
That fight was the first time Machida had ever been taken five rounds. “I believe that, you know, one of the main things about a championship bout is that you do go five rounds,” he said. “And we’ve trained that a lot. It does make me feel - I’m always confident, but it does make me feel confident that I went in there and fought for five rounds.”
The main card in UFC betting on Saturday has five fights including the Machida vs. Rua battle. Also on the main card in UFC betting is Josh Koscheck vs. Paul Daley, Jeremy Stephens vs. Sam Stout, Kimbo Slice vs. Matt Mitrione and Patrick Cote vs. Alan Belcher.
The preliminary card in UFC betting has Tom Lawlor vs. Joe Doerksen, Jason MacDonald vs. John Salter, Marcus Davis vs. Jonathan Goulet, Mike Guymon vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida, TJ Grant vs. Johny Hendricks and Tim Hague vs. Joey Beltran in UFC odds.