Before Shogun vs. Machida went down at UFC 104, I tirelessly drew every comparison that I could to Berry Gordy’s The Last Dragon. When I first mentioned it, people said it was genius. No, genius would be finding the guy that convinced Kawajiri to rock a fish-net, black hoodie at Dream 15. That guy should get a Nobel Peace Prize. When the rematch was announced for UFC 113, everyone’s head detonated in sheer excitement leaving a bloody mess for their roommate to clean up. I managed to keep my head intact and reminded everyone that having Lyoto Machida vs. Shogun Rua was synonymous to that epic battle scene at the end of Berry Gordy’s film that pitted The Last Dragon vs. The Shogun of Harlem. If you weren’t born in the early 80s, I suggest you find the nearest flux capacitor equipped Delorean (or alternatively you can yell at your mother for not having premarital sex much earlier). We were all really watching Lyoto ‘The Last Dragon’ Machida vs. Shogun ‘The Shogun of Harlem’ Rua. It was like Joe Silva tapped into our childhood and extracted the one memory that didn’t involve Voltron, getting bullied in school or Alf.
Now that Shogun Rua is fighting Chael Sonnen at the inaugural UFC on Fox Sports 1 event, there isn’t a real 80s action-film comparison I can make between the two fighters. At the end of the day, Chael Sonnen just looks like a create-a-fighter template.
Freddie Roach has decided to enlist Shogun Rua in his Wild Card Gym (or maybe it was the other way around) and we can already hear you making the Michael Bisping knockout jokes already. Now check out this video of Shogun Rua perfecting his stand-up with Freddie Roach.