“Shogun” Rua Awaiting Word On Next Opponent, But Seeks Fight In Brazil

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua thought he had his next fight in order. Rua was signed to meet Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in a rematch of a fight years ago.

However, Jackson decided to undergo double-knee surgery, postponing the meeting with Rua. After that, word came that UFC president Dana White was trying to put “Shogun” and Dan Henderson together in a rematch of a thriller from last year.

Again, that fell through. Now, Rua must sit and wait to see what the UFC tries to come up with next, while hoping it involves a fight in Brazil later this summer.

“I’m waiting for a definition,” said Rua, in a recent interview with Tatame.com. “I might fight in June or July, that’s when I hope to fight, but for now, there’s no opponent in mind. I dream about being part of this card (coming to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), even because it’s a huge event. I would really like to be a part of it.”

UFC 147, which is planned for Rio on June 23, already boasts Anderson Silva-Chael Sonnen II for the UFC middleweight title and Ultimate Fighter: Brazil coaches Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort in a rematch. Adding Rua could make it one of the most talked about cards of the year.

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