Mauricio “Shogun” Rua: “I might fight in June or July, that’s when I hope to fight”

Former UFC light heavyweight champion, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has revealed he is looking to return to the octagon as early as June or July, meaning it’s unlikely fans will see him rematch Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, who has to recover from double knee surgery.

Rua, speaking via Tatame Magazine, said:

“I’ve talked to Lorenzo a while back and he asked me if I was fine. They announced the fight against Rampage, but then he said he would have to get his knees operated. I saw they offered me to Dan Henderson and he declined it. So I’m waiting for a definition. I might fight in June or July, that’s when I hope to fight, but for now there’s no opponent in mind.”

“I don’t think about who I can fight against, I wait for UFC to offer me someone. I rather wait. It’s hard to pick an opponent out like that. I rather not chose. Rampage and Henderson are legends and they would make great opponents and fans would dig it. But, as I said, I rather not think about fighting one guy or another. Sometime they have to replace your opponent and that’s frustrating for us as athletes, so I fight anyone.”

When asked about UFC 147 on June 23rd in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Rua said:

“Absolutely. I dream about being part of this card, even because it’s a huge event. I would really like to be a part of it. Let’s wait for UFC to define something. It would be very exciting. On the first time I was touched by it. At Engenhao you can put like three times more people… It’s overwhelming as a fighter. I work for the UFC, so I’m just waiting. Whatever UFC decides it’s decided.”

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