The highly anticipated rematch between UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua will take place this Saturday night at UFC 113 "Machida Vs. Shogun 2". UFC fans in the Huntsville, Alabama area will be able to watch the event at several local sports bars and restaurants such as Mickey's in downtown Huntsville, Hooters on University Drive, and both Buffalo Wild Wings locations on University as well as Carl T. Jones. Fans interested in watching UFC 113 at these locations should make every attempt to get there early. Waiting lists of at least two hours are not unusual at Hooters and Buffalo Wild Wings on nights of UFC pay per view events.
Machida is a perfect 16-0 in his mma career. He won the UFC's Light Heavyweight title from Rashad Evans at UFC 98 in May of last year, but has not fought since his prior clash with Shogun Rua at UFC 104 in October of 2009. That match was also the last for Rua, who is 18-4 in his mma career.
Two top welterweight division contenders will square off when Josh Koscheck faces Paul "Semtex" Daley. Sherdog.com reported yesterday that UFC President Dana White has announced that the winner of this bout will earn the next title shot against UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre. There had been previous speculation that Koscheck would have to face his friend and American Kickboxing Academy training partner Jon Fitch at some point in order to secure a title fight. UFC President Dana White was very vocal about his desire to see a Koscheck vs. Fitch fight after Fitch's victory over Ben Saunders at UFC 111. A video of White's comments on the matter can be seen here on MMAweekly's youtube channel. For the time being, the Koscheck-Fitch issue is on the back burner as Fitch will face Thiago Alves at UFC 115.
Another highly anticipated fight on the card will be Kimbo Slice taking on Matt Mitrione. Mitrione is a former NFL player who participated in The Ultimate Fighter. His only professional mma fight was a victory over Marcus Jones at the finale of The Ultimate Fighter. Kimbo Slice's UFC debut was an uneventful decision victory over Houston Alexander which resulted in Alexander's dismal from the UFC.
The two other main card fights for UFC 113 are Sam Stout vs. Jeremy Stephens in the lightweight division and Patric Cote vs. Alan Belcher in the middleweight division. A few notable fighters on the under card include Marcus Davis, Jonathan Goulet, Johny Hendricks, and Jason MacDonald.