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Motivated Shogun Rua Will Be Awaiting Brandon Vera

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua would like nothing more than to take out Brandon Vera and cement his place as a title contender in the division. The two will collide in the main event of UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. Vera this evening.

After dropping the title to Jon Jones last year, Rua rebounded to defeat Forrest Griffin. However, in a classic five-round affair, Rua was topped by Dan Henderson, giving “Hendo” the shot at Jones later this year.

Rua knows a convincing win over Vera places him in good standing to receive a rematch with either Jones or Henderson. And that’s exactly what he plans on doing.

“I win this fight in my dreams,” Rua said. “I trained a lot for this fight. Brandon Vera is a good fighter; it is good for the fans and for the people. I am very happy to be fighting here again and I have many friends in Los Angeles. I am very motivated for (Saturday).”