23 Oct 2009 14:10:00 PM
(The suit may make your opponent feel like a bum, but we’ll see who’s laughing when the sponsorship money gets tallied up. Photo courtesy of Sherdog.)
With our technical problems now solved (for the moment), we bring you the UFC 104 edition of Ben vs. Ben in its entirety. There will be no further interruptions. We hope.
Realistically, what chance do you give Shogun Rua to pull off a major upset at UFC 104 this Saturday? If you had to bet on him, what odds would it take before it seemed like a good idea?
BF: Here’s the problem with Shogun – when he was at his best in Pride’s twilight years, he was beating people thanks largely to his aggression and constant pressure. He was like a Wanderlei Silva who threw straighter punches and didn’t have a flash chin. But against Machida, being hyper-aggressive on the feet just means getting knocked out faster. If you aren’t technically superior (and Rua isn’t), the only option left is to put him on his back and try to wear him out on the mat, which isn’t exactly Rua’s forte. No two ways about it, he’s getting knocked out. Whether it happens early or late-ish is up to him.