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Mauricio Rua wants to fight at UFC 147 in Brazil

Now that former UFC champion Mauricio Rua has had an opportunity to heal up from his incredible war of attrition with Dan Henderson in November the fan-favorite Brazilian is ready to return to the ring. Though it appeared “Shogun” even had an opponent lined up with Quinton Jackson, “Rampage” is no longer an option based on knee surgery, leaving Rua without an adversary on the horizon.

The 30-year old Brazilian recently spoke some about his future, saying he wants to fight this summer and has his fingers crossed he’ll have a chance to do so in front of a sea of screaming countrymen at UFC 147.

“I dream about being part of this card, even because it’s a huge event. I would really like to be a part of it,” said Rua in an interview with TATAME. “It would be very exciting. The first time I was touched by it. At Engenhao you can put like three times more people… It’s overwhelming as a fighter. I work for the UFC, so I’m just waiting. Whatever UFC decides it’s decided.”

Rua fought Forrest Griffin last August at UFC 134 in Rio de Janeiro’s HSBC Arena. Engenhao, where UFC 147 is set to take place on June 23, seats more than 60,000 people.

Rua also responded to Jackson’s withdrawal from a tentatively scheduled tilt, as well as Henderson supposedly turning down a rematch taking place at UFC 149 in Calgary.

“It’s something I know ‘Rampage’ really wanted and so did I, but you gotta be like super prepared to fight,” explained Rua of Jackson, before turning to Henderson, stating, “It’s something I really wanted. It was a fight that pleased the fans and the press. I really wanted it but unfortunately it didn’t happen. I’m sure I’ll eventually get a chance to beat Dan Henderson.”

The former PRIDE stand-out concluded the conversation by saying he was open to facing anyone the matchmaking team put him against, avoiding emotional investment in a fight that may never materialize. Possibilities based on availability could include Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Lyoto Machida, or even the winner of an upcoming April bout between Alexander Gustafsson-Thiago Silva.

UFC 147 is set to feature a pair of much-anticipated rematches in Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva vs. Vitor Belfort.

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7 COMMENTS
  • Lord Faust says:

    I still say the smartest thing the UFC can do is put Rampage on the shelf until either his contract expires or he starts at least commuting to reality.

    Meanwhile, I’d love to see Shogun back in the cage ASAP. I always hated the guy for no reason but that’s a thing of the past after he schooled Machida and fought that epic war with Hendo. (I gave Dan the fight but would have easily accepted Shogun taking the judges nod.)

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  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Either little Nog or Machida wouldn’t be bad seeing how Shogun/Hendo II won’t happen cause Hendo waiting on title shot.

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  • MCM says:

    Why not do the Machida tie breaker? Sure it makes no sense rankings wise, but both guys are game and it will do huge business no matter who wins.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    I’d buy an event for that fight alone.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Agreed…. The Trilogy match is the way to go.

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  • trupert says:

    So UFC 147 already has 6 fights booked and probably will add 2,3 or 4 more from the TUFBrasil so they’d probably want to add maybe 2,3 or 4 more fights and 2 of those to be on the main card so would you pair up Brazilians Rua, Machida, Lil’Nog and Thiago Silva against each other or pit them against non-Brazilians? I’d space them out and do:
    Rua vs Bader
    Machida vs Phil Davis
    Lil’ Nog vs Nedkov or Bonnar
    Thiago Silva vs Vera, Nedkov or Bonnar

    Other Brazilians that could make the card (I took the liberty of finding them opponents)
    Iuri Alcantara vs Eric Koch
    Ronny Markes vs Ed Herman
    Charles Oliveira vs Javier Vasquez
    Thiago Alves vs Siyar Bahadurzada-Paulo Thiago loser
    Erick Silva vs Claude Patrick or Charles Brenneman
    Rafael Natal vs Andrew Craig
    Luis Cane (dropping to MW) vs Aaron Simpson
    Raphael Assuncao vs Chris Cariaso
    Ednaldo Oliveira vs John Olav Einemo

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  • Dr.Stoppage says:

    Rua vs. Badar
    Rua vs. Machida
    Rua vs. A. Broom

    No matter who it is,I’m buying.

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