Mauricio “Shogun” Rua informed the UFC that he would rather be cut than fight Glover Teixeira after having Thiago Silva pull out of a planned fight for UFC 149.

“He would rather be cut than fight him,” UFC president Dana White confirmed following the post-fight press conference for UFC on FX 3 to MMA Junkie’s Matt Erickson.

Rua will now face Brandon Vera in the main event of UFC on FOX 4 in August after the planned main event for that card – Hector Lombard vs. Brian Stann – was derailed with Stann’s injury.

White also confirmed that Rua’s decision to say no to fighting Teixeira was because he wasn’t a top-10 fighter, but White added, “we offered him Brandon Vera and he took it in two seconds – and Vera isn’t top-1o, either.”

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