When word surfaced straight from Dana White’s mouth light heavyweight legend Mauricio Rua had refused to face up-and-coming star Glover Teixeira, fans were left wondering if something might have been lost in translation or if an individual with Rua’s credentials was actually willing to risk being cut in order to avoid an adversary.
Now Rua has given his side of the story, showing that the truth lay somewhere in between both stories as is so often the case. “Shogun” was asked to elaborate on the matter by Fuel TV during the network’s coverage of UFC 147 where he didn’t deny turning down the fight with Teixeira but also gave good reason for doing so.
“My great purpose is the belt, so I want to fight guys who put me back on the track for the belt like (Quinton) ‘Rampage” Jackson,” explained the former UFC champion. “And Brandon Vera is a guy that is very famous so a win over him would put me back on track.”
“Brandon Vera is, like Glover, a great fighter. But he has more history in the UFC,” the 30-year old Rua concluded.
“Shogun” and Vera are scheduled to scrap on August 4 in the main event at UFC on FOX 4.
The full interview with Rua can be found below:
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