<div class="Article" style="float: left;"> <table> <tr style="vertical-align: bottom;"> <td> <h3><a href="/go=news.detail&gid=167439" target="_blank"> Mauricio "Shogun" Rua agrees to face Lyoto Machida in ... </a></h3> </td> </tr> </table> <a href="/go=news.detail&gid=167439" ><img class="photo" src="http://img.mixedmartialarts.com/method=get&rs=80&q=75&x=9&y=8&w=245&h=130&ro=0&s=8CC72D2A-1D09-6BFC-E51C5F8788E9E237.jpg" /></a> <strong class="ArticleSource">[mmajunkie.com]</strong> <div style="clear: both; line-height: 1px;height: 1px;"> </div> </div> <blockquote>
With current No. 1 contender Quinton "Rampage" Jackson electing to face Rashad Evans rather than take an immediate shot at regaining the UFC's light-heavyweight title, Brazilian slugger Mauricio "Shogun" Rua has reportedly agreed to be new champ Lyoto Machida's first title challenger.
While speculation of the potential bout has been widely circulating since the announcement of Jackson and Evans as coaches on "TUF 10," Portuguese-language website SuperLutas reports Rua has signed on for the bout.
Attempts by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) to confirm the reports with Machida's camp were unsuccessful.
UFC President Dana White himself began the speculation when he posted the message "Look who's in the office today!!!" on his Twitter account Tuesday afternoon. The message included a photo of White with Rua.
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