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Mauricio Rua already back training for fight in 2012

After the damage MMA legends Mauricio Rua and Dan Henderson sustained in their epic encounter at UFC 139 it would have been understandable for either light heavyweight to take six months off. Though neither sustained a serious injury their five-round rumble left each bruised, bloodied, and completely spent.

However, Rua apparently has no vacation plans in mind and wants to get back in the Octagon as soon as possible to erase the taste of defeat. In fact, he could have a contract signed as early as next week.

“I’m already training,” said the former champion to TATAME. “I hope I get better soon so I can fight for my fans, family and team.”

While Rua isn’t going full speed yet that could change soon, as he explained, “I don’t know when I’m fighting. Next week I might make some deal, but for now I don’t know anything about it, so I’m taking it easy. When I know it for sure, I can set a plan and work on it.”

Though “Shogun” doesn’t know who he will fight next, or at least isn’t tipping his hand if he does, the 30-year old Brazilian is certain of one thing.

“I’m sure it’ll be a tough guy because there’re only tough guys on the division. I’ll keep training to fight the best.”

The 20-6 Rua is 2-2 in his last four fights with wins over Lyoto Machida/Forrest Griffin and losses to Henderson/Jon Jones. No word has surfaced on who he will fight next but logical options could include rising star Alexander Gustafsson, the loser of Rashad Evans-Phil Davis, or the winner of Quinton Jackson-Ryan Bader.