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If you missed Spike’s "Countdown to UFC 104" hype show this week, allow us to present it to you in its entirety. Some highlights:
— We meet Lyoto Machida‘s lovely wife Fabyola, who recalls how emotional he got after winning the belt. Now that he’s the champion, he’s more outspoken and he’s dressing better.
— Becoming a UFC champion was like a "movie playing out in real life" for Machida. But the onslaught of attention from media and fans in his native Brazil convinced him to move his camp to the serenity of the Terra Alta farm, a natural paradise full of overflowing coconuts and spider monkeys that love to give hugs.
— Shogun‘s trainer thinks that the fact that Rua has never been knocked out will somehow protect him from getting knocked out by Machida.
— Shogun is expecting his first child, which is giving him more motivation to win his fight against Machida.
— To get where he is today, Ben Rothwell has had to overcome spinal meningitis, a rough childhood spent as "the fat kid," and a car wreck that put him in a coma and killed his friend.
— In a bit of truth-massaging, Rothwell is referred to as the IFL’s former heavyweight champion, and it’s implied that he won the title by defeating Ricco Rodriguez.
— Velasquez feels that if he could take those shots from Cheick Kongo, he could take shots from anybody. Rothwell points out, quite correctly, that he’ll be Velasquez’s toughest test to date.
— Cain Velasquez‘s father has been deported more times than Velasquez has fought professionally.