Mauricio “Shogun” Rua: “Glover is a top fighter, but today, if I beat him, I would gain nothing.”

Former UFC light heavyweight champion, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua tells fans why he turned down a fight with fellow Brazilian, Glover Teixeira, explaining the UFC newbie is talented but needs a few more fights before he steps in with a veteran.

Rua, speaking via Portal do Vale Tudo, said:

“They offered Glover to us. I talked with my team, and we decided that Glover would not be interesting now. Glover is a top fighter. I know him. I respect him, but he just got into the UFC. He needs to get more fights. I had nothing to gain with that fight. We told the UFC that, for now, this fight is not interesting for me. After that, the UFC offered Brandon Vera, but they never threatened to cut me, nor I to leave the UFC. I’ve never picked my opponents. I’ve fought against the best, and I wanna keep doing it and to get my chance for the title. For sure, Glover is a top fighter, but today, if I beat him, I would gain nothing. So we decided to refuse this fight, but in the future, this fight can happen.”

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