The UFC has confirmed ten fights for UFC 104 (October 24th, Los Angeles), making the Machida vs. Rua headliner official, as well as adding a main card bout between Sean Sherk and Gleison Tibau. Sherk is coming off a disappointing unanimous decision loss against Frank Edgar at UFC 98, while Tibau most recently lost a controversial split-decision against Melvin Guillard at the TUF 9 finale in June.
Unfortunately, Sherk vs. Tibau comes at the expense of two other fights that are probably more worthy of main card status. Currently slated for the undercard are TUF 8 light-heavyweight winner Ryan Bader vs. Eric Schafer (who are both riding two-fight win streaks in the Octagon) and Yushin Okami vs. Chael Sonnen. Yes, Okami is on the undercard once again, despite his current three-fight streak against Jason MacDonald, Evan Tanner, and Dean Lister. My God this disrespect. You know, UFC, if you’re not careful, you’re gonna lose him.
The updated UFC 104 lineup is as follows…
Lyoto Machida vs. Mauricio Rua (for light-heavyweight championship)
Sean Sherk vs. Gleison Tibau (LW)
Joe Stevenson vs. Spencer Fisher (LW)
Anthony Johnson vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida (WW)
Ben Rothwell vs. Cain Velasquez (HW; expected for the main card, but not yet confirmed by the UFC)
Antoni Hardonk vs. Pat Barry (HW)
Yushin Okami vs. Chael Sonnen (MW)
Jorge Rivera vs. Rob Kimmons (MW)
Ryan Bader vs. Eric Schafer (LHW)
Kyle Kingsbury vs. Razak Al-Hassan (LHW)
Stefan Struve vs. Chase Gormley (HW)