by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
Last Friday, EliteXC sent out a statement acknowledging that Murilo “Ninja” Rua had failed his required physical for licensure in the State of California and was subsequently removed from Friday night’s fight card. EliteXC is co-promoting the Strikeforce “Shamrock vs. Baroni” event in San Jose, Calif.
Rua went to a neurological specialist, however, in hopes of receiving clearance to attain his license. His efforts were fruitful as Rua was cleared this morning by the California State Athletic Commission and is re-instated to face Joey Villasenor on Friday night for the vacant EliteXC Middleweight Championship.
Rua’s approval and subsequent re-instatement for the fight with Villasenor is fairly surprising as he himself thought the fight was not going to happen… even if he did attain his license.
In comments made Monday to MMAWeekly’s Ivan Canello, Rua stated, “Tomorrow morning I am going to another doctor to get my license, but unfortunately my fight [with Villasenor] was postponed and I will only fight in September.
“Whoever wins between Joey Villasenor and [Falaniko Vitale] will fight me in the next EliteXC.”
Despite speculation about Phil Baroni’s medical clearance for the fight, he was also was approved this morning by the CSAC to compete on Friday night. Baroni faces Frank Shamrock for the Strikeforce middleweight belt in the main event of the evening.