UFC champ Machida to make first defense against 'Shogun'
"The next title shot is going to be Machida vs. Shogun and the fight is going to be at Staples Center [in Los Angeles], Oct. 24," stated White, announcing the UFC 104 main event.
Machida became the current champion by knocking out
Shogun, once ruling the roost in the light heavyweight division, quickly fell from grace when he made the move to the UFC. His first time in the Octagon, he lost to
"A year and a half ago, people were saying this guy is the best light heavyweight in the world. He's still the same guy. What you have to understand is, he had a long layoff. He had a couple of knee surgeries," said White, explaining Shogun's struggles. "He looked good in the Liddell fight. The key to Shogun is keeping him busy."
UFC 104 marks the promotion's first time back at Staples Center since Matt Hughes and