According to recent interview with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, it appears that talks are underway to possibly put him in the Octagon against UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman at the UFC’s December 27 event.
I spoke with my manager now and he said they called him and said it would depend on October’s event. I might face Mark Coleman on December, but nothing has been signed yet. He wanted to face me on November, and I really wanna face him, I hope this time he don’t run from me. He said no to me a couple of times, but I believe now it will happen.
It’s unclear how October’s event, and which one at that, could affect this potential rematch, but Sokoudjou’s fight at UFC 89 could have something to do with it. Shogun and Sokoudjou exchanged words in the media in recent months and seemed to be on a collision course. However, it appears Sokoudjou needed to get a fight in before Shogun was going to be ready. I would imagine a win for Sokoudjou over Luiz Cane could still lead to a match with Rua at the end of the year.
If not, it appears a rematch between Coleman and Shogun could be in store for us instead. These two faced off at PRIDE 31 with Coleman winning, although it ended in controversy as Shogun broke his arm while being taken down. A near riot ensued in the ring between the fighters’ camps—Hammer House and Chute Boxe. It’s obviously a fight Shogun would like to get back.
Of course, this wouldn’t be proper hyping without a claim of one fighter ducking the other, as Shogun does in this case. Mark recently spoke with MMAJunkie.com to respond.
“I really haven’t put much thought to Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua lately. I have no clue what he’s talking about claiming I ducked him. If he really needs to stir something up, I really don’t give a [expletive]. He can stir something up.”
“I’ve never picked my opponents since the beginning. I don’t go around picking my opponents. I let the promoter do that. Whoever the promoter picks, that’s obviously who the fans want to see.”
“If [a fight with Rua] is something that interests the fans, if that’s something that the UFC wants to make happen, I don’t go around turning down fights. ‘Shogun’ is fine.”
Quite honestly, I’m not sure how appealing this fight is at the end of 2008. If Rua is in any kind of decent shape whatsoever, this fight should be a gimme, which is exactly what Shogun needs to get back on track coming off two major knee surgeries. Even if Shogun isn’t 100%, he should still be able to take care of Coleman who was well past his prime years ago.
We’ll keep you updated.