Shogun says he’s signed to fight Liddell in June

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell was quoted in an SI.com interview yesterday saying his next opponent could be Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

Today, Rua is quoted on Tatame.com as confirming he’s signed on to fight “The Iceman”:

“I confirmed this fight yesterday. Everything is set to June and I hope to make a great fight and represent well my new team, the Universidade da Luta (Fight University)”

The UFC event in June is tentatively scheduled for the UK. Liddell has been quoted as saying the event is too far and he’s hopeful the fight will be moved to Vegas on May 24.

While Rua trains with a new team in Brazil, he still intends to defend the honor of his former camp, the famed Chute Boxe Academy in Curitiba, Brazil:

“Certainly I’ll revenge Wanderlei”, affirmed the athlete, who is hoping to make an exchange with Wanderlei to the fight. “He passed in Curitiba (Brazil) very fast and went to Natal (Brazil), but he call me and we talked a lot. We’re going to make an exchange yes, but I still don’t knowing when it’s going to happen. Everything depends in which strategy my team will set for this fight”

Interesting matchup. It’s hard to not to pick Liddell coming off his stellar performance against Silva at UFC 79.

One other question; does Liddell vs. Shogun mean we’re also going to see Keith Jardine vs. Wanderlei Silva?

17 COMMENTS
  • RDukes says:

    Sweet match up. I actually think if Shogun gets back to form he could present some problems for Chuck. He’s pretty fucking quick. And I’m a sucker for the avenging Silva angle.

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  • Ryan Seacrest says:

    If NO “Sho” Gun performs like he did against Forrest expect him to get knocked the fuck out!!! GO CHUCK!!

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  • Rln says:

    Awesome match-up for the fans. Hopefully they both show up in tip top shape.

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  • Kelvin says:

    Now, if we just get Jardine/Wandy I will be satisfied…

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  • MMAKansas says:

    Shogun should be rested and ready to go for this… knee all healed.. body trained.. and the newlywed status waning… he should pull it off.. a guy like Rua isn’t someone who telegraphs their next move and you count on like clockwork.. he can pull something crazy out of the bag and boom your out… whereas Chuck telegraphs his right hand, and has the same game as always… Shogun is faster than Wand, taller, longer reach.. he can win this…

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  • Tommy says:

    This is a must win for both fighters and a dangerous situation for them both. Frankly I’m surprised the UFC set this match up. Someone has got to lose and whoever does will have their stock drop immediately. I’m thinking they believe Chuck will win, further cementing their dominance over Pride and setting Chuck up for a title shot.

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  • Huckaby says:

    I have a problem with Chuck complaining about the UK being “too far away” and hoping the fight gets moved to Vegas. Shogun lives and trains in Brazil and doesn’t care if the fight is in Japan, Vegas, or London. How about you suck it up and fight where they want you to.

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  • Evan says:

    “How about you suck it up and fight where they want you to.”

    I understand what you’re saying but I think perhaps he has earned the right to ask to fight at home, not demand it, ask.

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  • Michaelthebox says:

    Jardine/Silva makes a lot of sense to get Wandy back on the winning road and push Jardine away from the title. Last time Jardine fought a clinch fighter, he lasted 48 seconds.

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  • Anton K says:

    Perhaps the UFC has learned a hard lesson in marketing from the Jardine/Liddell fight. Chuck’s loss was a PR disaster (Chuck’s washed up ,etc) simply because he lost to someone not ranked in the top five or ten (at the time). In this case its superstar v superstar. Chuck’s status will not diminish if he loses to Shogun, because Shogun is one of the most highly regarded light heavyweights in the sport.

    If Shogun loses, he’ll still have two fights (I’m assuming)remaining on his contract… he can pick up wins and come back… there’s no shame in losing to Chuck.

    If Shogun or Chuck were to lose again to fighters not ranked in at least top ten, then they and the UFC, would have some real image problems.

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  • Zack says:

    This is ballsy matchmaking. The UFC should get some credit for this, its not as “business first” as some of their decisions seem. This is pretty fan friendly.

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  • Nate says:

    There needs to be more superstar vs superstar fights. I am tired of the mostly crap-ass ones. Plus superstar vs superstar = great rematches!

    SHOGUN SHOGUN SHOGUN SHOGUN SHOGUN SHOGUN!!!!!

    (pray to the gods to bring back the old ruthless, fit shogun)

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  • paddiosf says:

    Chuck said it’s “to far’ please Shogun is traveling from Brasil…his flight from Brasil to the US is about 17 hours and then he has to go up to Canada…Chuck just sign the fight contract….

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  • Sergio says:

    By “too far,” I think Liddell is referring to the date, not the location.

    Although Liddell + Vegas = Mad Duckets

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  • Tommy says:

    Jardine vs Wanderlei would be perfect. For one it would be exciting and for two Chuck wouldn’t have to fight them both again, just the winner.

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  • MJC_123 says:

    Good call, would be awesome to see this live as well in London, England so hoping it goes ahead.
    As for the match itself, it is hard to not pick Chuck after the Silva fight but we all know what Shogun can do when he brings his “A” game….Im hoping for a Shogun victory, which although will obviously harm Lidell it won’t end his career as another loss to a fighter outside the noted rankings would.

    Wise move by the UFC and a real gutsy showing to the fans that they dont protect fighters……Sayin that Shogun looked terrible against Forest so maybe the pride curse (ala supplements) has struck again!

    Hope im wrong

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  • Nick says:

    I’m sure by now everyone know this, but Silva and Jardine are fighting in May.

    Can’t wait!

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