Shogun Rua’s Trainer Promises A Better Fighter At UFC On Fox 5

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will be put to the test in December when he faces Alexander Gustafsson at UFC on Fox 5.

Coming off a victory over Brandon Vera, Rua will be looking to move one step closer to another title shot. His trainer, Andre Dida, recently informed Tatame that an improved “Shogun” will step into the KeyArena on December 8.

Mauricio fans can rest easy. ‘Shogun’ is better today than in the struggles against Lyoto Machida, is smarter. I know because I built and well attended all the preparation for the two fights. Our focus is to make a great fight against the Swede.

The Rua-Gustafsson bout will serve as the co-main event, with UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson and Nate Diaz taking the headliner spot.

Photo credit: Esther Lin/MMA Fighting

Follow MMAConvert

Fight Cards

Bellator 117: Lima vs. Hawn

Event Date: April 18, 2014
Broadcast: Spike TV

UFC on FOX 11: Werdum vs Browne

Event Date: April 19, 2014
Broadcast: FOX, FOX Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

UFC 172: Jones vs. Teixeira

Event Date: April 26, 2014
Broadcast: Pay-per-view, Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

Bellator 118: Dantas vs. Warren

Event Date: May 2, 2014
Broadcast: Spike TV, Spike.com

Bellator 119: Cooper vs. Halsey

Event Date: May 9, 2014
Broadcast: Spike TV

UFC Fight Night 40: Brown vs. Silva

Event Date: May 10, 2014
Broadcast: Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass