Former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua got back in the win column last night in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and avenged a 2007 loss to Forrest Griffin in the process.
The powerful Brazilian fighter met Griffin in the co-main event of UFC 134 and made quick work of his fellow former champion, putting him away in the first round via TKO. This, of course, is a far cry from their first meeting, which saw Griffin outwork Rua and wear him down en route to a third round submission victory.
Rua spoke about his emphatic victory over Griffin with UFC.com last night.
“I’m very happy because Forrest is a very good fighter,” Rua said. “I fought Forrest in 2007, and I wanted this fight, I know Forrest can fight. It’s a hard fight for me, but I wanted this fight, and I wanted to win and I win. I’m very happy, thank you God.”
Like countrymen Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Anderson Silva, Shogun was no doubt stoked by the rowdy Brazilian crowd, which was described by UFC president Dana White as the loudest he’s ever experienced.
“This is my biggest dream to fight in my home,” said Rua. “For my people, for my family, for my team.”
With the big win, Shogun vaults himself back into the contenders pool at light heavyweight and successfully rebounds from his disappointing March defeat to Jon “Bones” Jones.