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Mauricio “Shogun” Rua Targeting Late Summer Return

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua was deposed from his briefly held UFC light heavyweight throne last month in dramatic fashion by 23-year old phenom Jonny “Bones” Jones, falling to the challenger’s assault in the third round.

Rua was back on his feet quickly though, helming seminars and getting back to light training as soon as he could and his manager/friend/translator Eduardo Alonso recently told that the Brazilian fighter is looking establish some momentum by getting back in the octagon as soon as possible while he still remains injury free.

“We are already talking to the UFC about his next fight,” Alonso said. “They are really very supportive of us and after the bout, Dana came into the locker room to show support and said he felt rhythm was important for Shogun, so whenever I was ready, I should call him cause they wanted him to fight soon again. I agree with him and we hope to have Shogun back around August.”

With Shogun eyeing an August return, it is likely that he and his management team are looking for the 29-year old to appear on the planned UFC: Rio card, which is scheduled for August 27th at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro and will mark the UFC’s first trip back to Brazil since 1998.

Shogun is 2-2 in his last four fights, having split the difference in two bouts with former champ Lyoto Machida, knocked out Chuck Liddell and was finally defeated by Jones.