“Shogun” Rua Camp Releases Statement on Turning Down Jon Jones Fight

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua’s manager, Julio Heller, has revealed that his client needed at least 60 days to prepare for a bout with the current light heavyweight champion. “Shogun” lost his 205-pound title to the now 205 champ back at UFC 128, which began the young champion’s impressive run through the division. Obviously, wanting a better showing against Jones, the Rua camp wanted to make sure Mauricio would be in tip-top shape in the rematch.

Mauricio Rua’s manager, Julio Heller, speaking via Tatame, said:

“We were in Sao Paulo and my phone rang about midnight. It was Lorenzo’s (Lorenzo Fertitta is a partner in the UFC). Lorenzo was on another call, so I talked to him like half hour later. He offered me a rematch against Jon Jones because Lyoto had declined it and asked me to give him an answer in ten minutes. I hung up and Mauricio was there with me. We talked and called Dida in Curitiba and we got to a conclusion we should accept the rematch, but only if Shogun had a couple of months to train and it would mean a fight later in October or in November. I said that to Lorenzo but he said there was no time because Jon Jones’s fight is on September 22nd. Unfortunately, he couldn’t give us this time but he understood. Mauricio accepted at the time the new fight against Jon Jones. The ideal is a three-month camp but he said yes to a two-month camp fight. He wants to fight Jon Jones and it sucks it won’t happen now. But Mauricio’s shot will come.”

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