by Ivan Canello – MMAWeekly.com
Ranked as the #1 light heavyweight fighter in the world by MMAWeekly.com, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has been one of the fighters seemingly in limbo since the announcement that the Fertitta brothers, owners of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, purchased the venerable Japanese promotion Pride FC.
Amassing a 16-2 professional record, the majority of Shogun’s career has been spent fighting for the Pride organization. He won the Pride Grand Prix in 2005 – narrowly avoiding a fight with Chute Boxe teammate Wanderlei Silva – by defeating rival Brazilian Top Team fighter Ricardo Arona in the finals.
His only losses to Renato “Babalu” Sobral in 2003 and Mark Coleman due to injury last year, Shogun has amassed one of the most impressive resumes in the sport. Among his victims are Alistair Overeem (twice), Kazuhiro Nakamura, Kevin Randleman, Arona, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Quinton Jackson among others.
Following Jackson’s dominant performance over Chuck Liddell at UFC 71 in Las Vegas, Nev., MMAWeekly’s Ivan Canello caught up with Shogun in Brazil for an interview. Of course Shogun gave his impressions on Quinton Jackson becoming the new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and also discussed the K-1 show coming up on Saturday at the L.A. Coliseum.
That’s not all though, Shogun expounded upon many issues including some of the fighters headed to the UFC, like Dan Henderson and how he feels Henderson will do in the Octagon against Jackson.
But, of course, everyone wants to know about two certain Chute Boxe fighters and if they will grace the Octagon. In this exclusive video interview with MMAWeekly, Shogun finally broached the subject talking about what he and Wanderlei Silva would bring to the UFC’s 205-pound weight class and whether he sees himself fighting for Pride or the UFC.
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