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?