Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has remained as reserved as usual leading up to his first UFC light heavyweight title defense – which will come against young upstart Jon Jones in the main event of UFC 128 tonight – but in a recent interview with MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani, Rua opened up a bit about some of the negative feelings he harbors towards Jones.
During media promotion for their big fight, Jones has been signing his autographs as “Champion 2011,” which slightly irks Rua.
“I think his demeanor is ridiculous actually because you cannot really go signing as a champion without being the champion, I think that’s disrespectful,” said Rua. “But each and everyone has their own personality, so everybody has to walk the walk and talk the talk. He has to stand by his actions and pay his bill. I really don’t like his behavior, but now he has to back up the talk.”
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