The war of words between Thierry Sokoudjou and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua appears to be intensifying. Last week, Sokoudjou called out Shogun, stating that the Brazilian has been ducking him since both men fought in the now defunct PRIDE promotion.
“I would love to fight that guy,” Sokoudjou told Fighthype. I’ve tried to fight him ever since I fought in PRIDE and he’s been ducking me. Shogun has been ducking me since the PRIDE days.”
Shogun responded with the following:
“They can match me up against anyone and I’ll be happy,” said Shogun. It is Dana White and the guys at the UFC who decide who I fight with. I’m not going to give this guy any attention even because I have fought better fighters than him. He wanted to fight me and I never said yes or no – they just didn’t make it happen and he ended up fighting Ricardo Arona at Pride’s last event. I never heard anything about Chute Boxe telling him he’d have to fight Evangelista Cyborg before me, like he said. I’ll fight him like I have always fought all top competitors.”
Today Sokoudjou issued the following statement via Fighthype:
“If he’s fought better fighters than me, then I should be a nice little tune-up/comeback fight before he challenges Liddell. Shogun never really says that he would fight me. He just comes up with cute little punchlines to avoid the potential fight. It can be UFC 88 or something. They can title it ‘For Pride’ and have me fight Shogun as his tune-up and have Rampage-Wanderlei 3 as the headliner.”