Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is a fighter that has met much success, both while fighting for Pride and in the UFC. He’s held titles in both organizations, most recently losing his UFC light heavyweight strap to Jon Jones at UFC 128.
Shogun brings with him to the Octagon many great memories from his days in Japan, and thought it was “cool” that Quinton “Rampage” Jackson recently called him out for a rematch when the UFC makes its return to Japan in February. Shogun TKO’d Rampage in the opening round of the Pride Middleweight Grand Prix in 2005. XX but Shogun has an agenda outside of “cool” fights.
Shogun wants to get back into title contention, and a win over his next opponent, Dan Henderson at UFC 139, would do the trick.
UFC president Dana White has said that the winner of the fight between Shogun and Henderson would likely be the top dog in the title chase behind current No. 1 contender Rashad Evans.
So, while he would like a fight with Rampage and believes that it “is bound to happen down the road, sooner or later.”