Cage Potato reader B.J. sent us this screenshot of ESPN.com shortly after the main event at UFC 104 concluded. Either they didn’t wait to hear the official decision before writing their headline, or else their overpowering sense of justice simply would not allow them to believe it at first. I admit that I have some sympathy, because I almost made the same mistake myself when I was writing our liveblog.
In the light of the events of Saturday night, some of you have asked us if we’re going to apologize to "Shogun" Rua for insisting that he had no chance against Lyoto Machida. Our answer to that is, if we apologized every time we made fight predictions that didn’t pan out, where would we find the time to do anything else, like making fun of fighters’ tattoo choices or ogling ring girls? Okay, so Rua surprised us. He very nearly surprised the oddsmakers, too. He came in with a great gameplan, he stuck to it, and in fair universe he’d be the champ right now. But as that unanimous decision and the fame of Tila Tequila have both proved, ours is not a fair universe at all. That’s why the gods of pro fighting invented rematches.