While awaiting a future fight with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has another fight in mind: Lyoto Machida. Rua and Machida have met twice before, splitting their two previous encounters.
Rua, however, isn’t just interested in a bout with “The Dragon,” as he would also like a spot on The Ultimate Fighter as a coach. Rua discussed this in an interview with Portal Do Vale Tudo recently.
“Of course it is my desire to do a TUF, which is a program where people see everything that passes for the fighter,” Rua said. “Lyoto would make it even more interesting, is a top category, and consider how good this third fight will sell.”
Rua last fought late in 2011, falling to Dan Henderson in an epic battle. After dropping a decision to Machida, Rua stormed past him with a first round knockout to earn the UFC 205-pound title .