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Rashad Evans interested in shot at “Shogun” Rua

Mauricio Rua - UFC 134 WorkoutsUFC light heavyweight Rashad Evans looked off in his last outing, dropping a decision to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 156 and subsequently suffering the first losing streak of his career as a result. While Evans’ stock may have gone down some based on the lackluster showing, the former champion’s spirits remain high as does his confidence level.

Both qualities were on display last night during Fuel TV’s coverage of UFC 157 when Evans used the platform to call out Mauricio Rua.

“It would be a great fight and something to see. ‘Shogun’, where you at? Call your manager, call Dana White. It’s on,” Evans exclaimed.

Rua is not currently scheduled for action, making the match-up an actual possibility if “Shogun” is so inclined.

The talented 205ers were supposed to fight in March 2011 for the Brazilian’s divisional belt before Evans went down with an injury, opening the door for Jones to step in and ultimately become champion (as he remains today).

Evans is 17-3-1 in his career with notable triumphs over Quinton Jackson, Phil Davis, Forrest Griffin, and Chuck Liddell. Comparably, Rua is 21-7 with eighteen knockouts including those over Griffin, Liddell, Jackson, Lyoto Machida, and Alistair Overeem.

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3 COMMENTS
  • AlphaOmega says:

    This could be a good fight, but then again I thought Evans/lil nog would be a good fight. My biggest problem with Evans is that every since Machida KO’ed him, he’s gun shy, doesn’t act his old self, and is in full on defense mode as soon as he’s clipped.

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  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    I would like to see Hendo v. Evans as well. Rua wouldn’t be a bad fight as long as Evans doesn’t want to just play Pat-a-cake the whole fight.

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  • moosebaby02 says:

    Rua wont give him the chance to do it Hatter. I dont think it a good match up for Evans at all. Alpha is right. He has turned gun shy and that sets up for Rua big time. You can only run from him for so long before he catchs you like he did with Machida.

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