Former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua wants nothing but to become the champion again. First, though, Rua will have to overcome Brandon Vera this Saturday night at UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. Vera.
During a live chat with fans on Yahoo! Sports, Rua discussed working his way back into title-contention. His fight with Vera will be the main event. Rua was defeated by current champion Jon Jones last year in his first title defense.
“That’s the fight I want. I want my title back,” Rua said. “I think it is much easier to study Jon Jones now. I am working towards beating him in a rematch.”
Jones has defeated the likes of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans since becoming champion. He is currently set to face Dan Henderson later this year.