In one of the most mind-blowing morsels of information to surface in quite some time, it appears former UFC light heavyweight champ (and MMA legend in general) Mauricio “Shogun” Rua was so adamantly opposed to fighting Brazilian prospect Glover Teixeira in place of the injured Thiago Silva he told his bosses he’d rather be released from his contract than risk the loss.
Even more intriguing, instead of such a scintillating story coming from an anonymous source, this time around none other than UFC President Dana White revealed the information and did so publicly as well.
“He said he would rather be cut then fight him,” explained White after the conclusion of last night’s UFC on FX 3 lineup on the Fuel TV post-show.
While the outspoken executive didn’t go into detail as to Rua’s reasoning, he did make it clear it wasn’t a matter of Teixeira’s status as an unranked adversary, saying, “He didn’t mind fighting Brandon Vera, so he’s fighting Brandon Vera.”
“It is what it is,” White continued. “It’s one of those weird situations. I’ve never seen a guy at the level that ‘Shogun’ is at not want to fight a guy so bad.”
While Rua’s opposition to facing Teixeira may seem a little confusing given his past accomplishments in the sport, examining Teixeira’s record shows the type of threat he truly is. The 32-year old is 18-2 with sixteen stoppages and sixteen straight wins including those of Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, Marvin Eastman, Ricco Rodriguez, and most recently Kyle Kingsbury in his Octagond ebut.
Rua-Vera will meet in the main event of UFC on FOX 4 in early August.
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