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Mauricio Rua interested in third fight with Lyoto Machida

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has done it all in the world of MMA. From PRIDE Grand Prix success to wins over some of the sport’s greatest to his role as a former UFC light heavyweight champ, there is little left for Rua to accomplish. However, that doesn’t mean the veteran fighter doesn’t have goals in mind before he hangs it up in a number of years.

Among those high on his list are a third fight with Lyoto Machida and a spot as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter. And, being the good guy he is, Rua wants to make things easy by combining the two into a single concept by pairing them against each other on the reality show.

“Of course it is my desire to do a TUF, which is a program where people see everything that passes for the fighter,” said Rua, in an interview with Portal Do Vale Tudo. ““Lyoto would make it even more interesting…and consider how good this third fight will sell.”

Rua and Machida battled over the divisional belt twice before with each fighter holding a win over the other. With the UFC making it a priority to send TUF internationally, the with high numbers already for the first season of the show in Brazil, the idea that Rua and Machida would make for good TV seems obvious under the TUF Brasil format.

“Shogun” has not competed since a decision loss to Dan Henderson late in 2011, while “The Dragon” is also coming off a defeat occurring when Jon Jones chocked him unconscious in their December bout for the UFC title.


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