It’s been several months since we’ve seen Mauricio “Shogun” Rua inside the Octagon. Rua, a former UFC light heavyweight champion, was defeated by Dan Henderson late in 2011 and has been recovering since.
Rua was announced as the next opponent for Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, but Jackson is set for double-knee surgery and his return is unknown. So, where does that leave Rua? Well, he told Guilherme Cruz in an exclusive interview with Tatame.
I’m waiting for a definition. I might fine in June or July, that’s when I hope to fight, but for now there’s no opponent in mind. I dream about being part of this card (when the UFC returns to Brazil later this year), even because it’s a huge event. I would really like to be part of it. Let’s wait for UFC to define something.
Rua competed in Brazil last year, defeating Forrest Griffin. It was reported that UFC president Dana White wanted to set up a rematch between Rua and Henderson, but Henderson declined according to White. For now, we’ll just have to wait and see what the UFC has in store for Rua in terms of an opponent and a fight date.
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