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Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua - "Patience Is the Key to Defeating Machida"

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The number one contender to Lyoto Machida's light heavyweight belt spoke to MMAWeekly.com about developing a strategy for their UFC 104 title fight:

"Most of the guys that fought Lyoto… found a problem with patience, with finding the right moment to attack, or to counter-strike him. Some guys try to rush it too much; some guys try to stay too patient, (and) they start to get nervous because of that."

"I think the key is the timing of the fight, to get the feeling of when to engage and when to counter-strike him. This is likely the key, to find the pace and the rhythm, mostly the timing of the strikes to be able to connect and to make it a fight. For sure, I’m going to concentrate on that and develop a good strategy."

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"I get very happy with that, because when you get to the first five-rounder of your career, it means you’re fighting for the belt. I take it as a great thing. I always wanted to train for five rounds."

During Lyoto’s last few fights, fighters have claimed that they have the perfect formula to solve the Machida puzzle, only to be proven wrong time and time again. Lyoto seems to come in with the same game plan and style for each fight, so you would think with time, someone is going to figure it out sooner or later.

Shogun is now next in line to solving the mystery that is Lyoto Machida and he thinks that having the right timing and patience is the key. What do you think?

HT: MMAWeekly.com

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