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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.

PHOTO CREDIT – UFC

6 COMMENTS
  • stone says:

    For the love of god….. SHOGUN VS RAMPAGE 2!!!

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  • GIKE MOLDBERG says:

    Yes!-If all goes well for Rampage, that would definitely be the best matchup for Shogun-backup plan could be the Lil Nog rematch

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  • Creature says:

    Shogun/Rampage 2 or Shogun/Thiago Silva would be great. (thats if Silva returns at LHW)

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Damn right Shogun / Rampage 2.

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  • I like shogun vs Lil Nog 2 more…I dont wanna see rampage get decimated again.

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  • MCM says:

    I like Shogun / Thiago Silva. I think Silva could take him. And if not, well then it’s just more punishment for Thiago for making the UFC take Vera back.

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