Well, that was short-lived. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua’s manager, Eduardo Alonso, has revealed to Sherdog.com that Rua’s much-publicized return to training under his old Chute Boxe master Rafael Cordeiro at Kings MMA in California has now come to an end.
Rua joined the team at Kings in preparation for his UFC: Rio fight against fellow former champion Forrest Griffin, who owns a victory over Rua dating back to 2007. The work seemingly paid off well, as their rematch delivered drastically different results than their first bout, in which Rua was subbed late in the third. This time around, Rua blitzed Griffin and put away the affable Ultimate Fighter star via knockout in the very first round.
Despite those results, Rua will be taking his camp elsewhere to prepare for his upcoming fight against his fellow Pride FC veteran Dan Henderson, though Alonso gave little indication as to where Shogun may end up.
“We don’t see any advantage at this moment to feed our opponents information about the work we’ve been developing,” said Alonso. “This is a work philosophy we’ve adopted at other times, and now we’ve decided to do it again. It’s nothing to do with the fans, and we understand their hunger for news. At the right time, further information will be given, but I can’t give up on what we decided and agreed to do.”
Rua is scheduled to take on Henderson in the main event of UFC 139, which will take place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California on November 19.