Mauricio Shogun Rua

During most of my career I was always used to be the underdog. I was the underdog for my last fight with Chuck Liddell. I was the underdog in Pride when I fought Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, and I was the underdog on the whole Pride GP in 2005, so it’s nothing new…I even like being the underdog. This way I feel I have much less pressure and it’s the other guy’s obligation to beat me. I feel like I have only the obligation to do my best and I have much more to gain than I have to lose…My team and I watched a lot of tapes and did our homework. Machida is a great fighter but every fighter has weak points and strong points as there are no perfect fighters. Like I said, a fight is a fight and many things can happen, so we will see by fight time if our beliefs are right.

—Shogun Rua telling MMA Mania that he likes being the underdog against Lyoto Machida

I don’t recall how big of an underdog Shogun was against Chuck, Rampage, and the PRIDE GP field, but he’s a pretty big one here.

You never know, maybe Shogun will surprise us all next Saturday night. It wouldn’t be the first time.

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