Mauricio “Shogun” Rua found himself in a war like none before late in 2011, going the distance with Dan Henderson at UFC 139 in what many have called the fight of the year. Rua was on the wrong end of a decision loss, and now the former UFC light heavyweight champion is looking to work his way back into contention.
Rua is currently training and awaiting word from the UFC on his next fight, according to an interview he conducted with Tatame.com recently. “Shogun” added that he sees something being lined up in the near future, however.
As for a potential opponent, Rua said, “I’m sure it’ll be a tough guy because there are only tough guys in the division. I’ll keep training to fight the best.”
It was an up-and-down year for Rua in 2011, as he dropped the UFC 205-pound title to Jon Jones, rebounded with a KO victory over Forrest Griffin, before falling by decision to Henderson.
“The expectations (for 2012) are good, and I’m already training,” Rua said. “I hope I get better soon so I can fight for my fans, family and team.”