Shogun added to canada card
- 01-10-2008, 01:36 PM
Shogun added to canada card
Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (16-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC), a former PRIDE standout who underwent knee surgery after a submission loss to Forrest Griffin in September, will return to the UFC at an April 19 event in Montreal, Canada.
The news comes from GracieMag.com, which recently interviewed the fighter about the launch of his new fight team. Rua recently severed ties with Chute Boxe, his longtime home.
There's no word on Rua's opponent for the April 19 event, which is expected to take place at Montreal's Bell Centre. The event -- the first ever to take place in Canada -- will likely feature a title-unification bout between UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra and interim champ (and French Canadian) Georges St. Pierre.
The 26-year-old Rua made his much-anticipated octagon debut at UFC 76 but suffered an upset submission loss (via rear-naked choke) to Griffin. Prior to the bout, he had won 12 of 13 fights. Rua reportedly had a knee injury prior to the fight, but the Brazilian made no mention of it before the fight. In a series of interviews after the event, he said he didn’t want people to think he was using the injury as an excuse.
He originally planned on a February or March return, but the UFC apparently wanted him ready for the Canadian show.
"I'm injury free and with none of the pains in my knee that bothered me, so, I'll devote my entire day to fighting, and I'll be 100 percent," Rua told GracieMag.com.
As it stands, Rua has won 12 of his past 14 fights -- nine of which came via knockout or technical knockout. PRIDE's 2005 Grand Prix Tournament winner had fought for the Japanese-based fight organization since October 2003 and racked up victories over such notables as current UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson, Ricardo Arona and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
- 01-10-2008, 03:06 PM
I've been hearing this rumor for a while, glad to see it confirmed. Hope his opponent is someone fun.
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I saw rumors that Shogun will fight Tito. I'd love to see Tito get subbed, but he hasn't been too susceptible in the past, though I don't think he's fought anyone with close to Shogun's BJJ skill.
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