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Mauricio “Shogun” Rua Can Handle Chael Sonnen Smack Talk

Chael Sonnen just loves to talk and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is prepared for that. When they fight, Rua won’t let his emotions get the best of him even though Sonnen has ragged on his fellow Brazilians.

“The motivation is great,” said Rua to TATAME. “He disrespected [Antônio] Nogueira, Wanderlei [Silva]. About me, he still said nothing. But disrespecting Wanderlei is enough. He is a controversial guy that really likes to talk a lot, but I’m cool. Sonnen will surely want to say something to me, but it does not affect me at all.”

Only time will tell what kind of trash talk Sonnen brings to this one.

Rua returns for the first time in 2013 in the fight. Since winning and losing the light heavyweight championship, he’s been unable to gain much momentum.

Sonnen failed in his light heavyweight return as he challenged champion Jon Jones. He’s currently on a two fight losing skid with the other defeat coming from middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

They headline UFC on FS1 1. It’s August 17 from the TD Garden in Boston, MA.