by Ivan Canello – MMAWeekly.com
Coming off a loss to Robbie Lawler for the EliteXC and ICON Sport middleweight titles, Murilo “Ninja” Rua will face off against Xavier Foupa-Pokam, a French fighter, at Cage Rage 24 on Dec. 1 in London, England.

Foupa-Pokam’s last competed in September, when he knocked out Pierre Guillet at Cage Rage 23.

“I do know that I need to get back and show that I can do more than I did in my last fight,” Ninja told MMAWeekly. “That wasn’t me. People who know me know that stamina is the last thing I need to be worried about and (against Lawler) I got tired for some reason.

“I’ll be in the best shape of my life (against Foupa-Pokam). I am training with our new strength and conditioning coach every day at 7 a.m. I am at Chute Boxe Camp working on my endurance and power with him, and after that I do the rest of the things I always did.”

Ninja knows that he needs his conditioning to be up to par against Foupa-Pokam because he expects nothing less than a high-paced, exciting fight.

“I know that Xavier Foupa-Pokam likes to stand up and punch. It will be an electric fight for sure, the crowd will see a real war because I am going to war for this fight.”

The Cage Rage promotion was acquired by ProElite Inc. (the parent company of EliteXC) in early September. The Dec. 1 event will be the first under the new ownership agreement.

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