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Shogun Rua’s striking partner expects Lyoto Machida to counter attack at UFC 113
K-1 Veteran and one of the most decorated Brazilian Karate practicioners, Glaube Feitosa, discussed the anticipated UFC 113 rematch between the reigning UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida and Marucio Rua. Feitosa (17-17 K-1) was recruited to UDL (Universidade da luta) by Shogun Rua, to help him in his preparations for the unorthodox Machida’s striking style:
“I’m new in Curitiba and Shogun has opened his gym’s doors for me. I got here in Curitiba with my family in January and I’m adapting pretty well to the city.
I try to help on the left-handed part, do some mix, since my part is standing. My business is not ground or MMA, my specialty is standing up. I started training in UDL for friendship I have with Shogun, but not exclusively training with him. I train with the entire team, but when they get together I try to simulate Lyoto game, exchange bases and both sides win.”
Many people are wondering about what kind of tactical approach Mauricio Rua and Machida will choose for the rematch, after Shogun managed to surprise “The Dragon” with a devastating Muay Thai style in the first fight. Feitosa believes that this time Shogun will have to rely not only on his leg kicks, but also on his ability to avoid Machida’s counter-striking:
“Machida hasn’t gotten to the belt out of the blue. It’s not by chance he’s the champion, he and his crew are very clever and will try to neutralize this low kicks game, preparing something for the upper part. I think they’ll settle a strategy of counterattacks on the punches upon the Shogun’s low kicks.
Since Lyoto may counterattack, Shogun must be aware of that and prepared to give him some attacks back. He must take these counterattacks knowing they’ll happen, so that he’s not caught by surprise, the idea is to play the Shogun blows upon Lyoto’s counterattacks. Shogun has to be the last to hit, something hard when it comes to Lyoto, but that’s the main goal.”
Mauricio Rua and Lyoto Machida will headline the stacked UFC 113 card at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on May 8th. The potential Welterweight slugfest between Paul Daley and Josh Koscheck will serve as the co-main event of the evening.