Below are excerpts from an interview conducted with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua by punchdrunkgamer.com:
Shogun on his knee:
The knee is great, the surgery was a success and the doctor told me that everything is running better than the original schedule. I’m already doing physiotherapy and I think that I will be fight training in December. I will be back fighting in February or March, I hope so.
Shogun on a rematch with Forrest Griffin and a possible fight with Tito Ortiz:
I don’t like to choose my opponents, I want the UFC belt and I’m sure that Forrest will be in my way to accomplish this. So a rematch is just a matter of time. As I told you, I don’t choose my opponents but I can fight Ortiz, no problem. Now that I have a recent defeat I will need to prove that I can have the UFC belt and Ortiz is probably living with the same situation. There is good chance for this fight to happen.
Shogun on Couture, Fedor and M-1:
I like the idea to have more Events like the UFC and PRIDE. It is good for the sport, the fighters and for the fans. Someone told me about the money offers for both (Fedor and Randy), if the numbers are true I’m sure that it is great news for all of the fighters, the sport is going for a new level. M-1 for now is a good promise, UFC is a reality and I think that Fedor is trying to get the best for his career. Randy is the UFC image and maybe there is something that they will fix and we will see him in the UFC again.
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