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Shogun’s Manager Wants To See Him Fight Tito Ortiz On New Year’s Eve

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua got back in the win column in a big way last weekend at UFC: Rio, taking out fellow former champ Forrest Griffin via brutal first round knockout in front of a hometown Brazilian crowd.

Having lost the title to Jon Jones in the fashion which he did (namely getting absolute beaten down), Rua still has to string together a few good wins before he will be considered again for title contention. His manager, Eduardo Alonso, recently spoke with about who he’d like to see his charge face next. Though he realizes it may not be feasible, Alonso wants to see Shogun face off against MMA veteran and future UFC Hall of Famer Tito “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Ortiz.

“I’ve been hearing some rumors, but until now there’s nothing concrete about UFC. If it depends only on my plannings, he’d fight on December 31st; it’d be great,” said Alonso. “I’d really like him to fight Tito Ortiz since he’s an icon of the sport and will soon retire. He didn’t have the chance to fight (Randy) Couture, something Lyoto had the luck and credits to do, but I’d like to see this fight. It came from Tito himself, who challenged him, but we’re realistic. I know it’s not much likely, so it’s only left for us to wait. Everybody knows Shogun doesn’t pick his opponents, so we’re opened to discussion. To me, the date (December 31st) is more important than the opponent.”

Ortiz recently saved his career with a brilliant first round submission of young gun Ryan Bader, though he lost via TKO in a rematch against Rashad Evans his next time out, having stepped up and taken the fight on short notice for an injured Phil Davis.