Shogun to Return in December?

Written by Tom Ngo
July 29th, 2008

Top ranked light heavyweight, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, recently updated the MMA world on a possible return date, and opponent. The former PrideFC superstar has been rehabilitating his surgically repaired knee since his loss to current UFC 205-pound champion, Forrest Griffin, back in September of 2007.

“I might face (Mark) Coleman (in) December, but nothing has been signed yet,” the 16-3 Shogun told TATAME.com. “He wanted to face me (in) November, and I really want to face him.”

Shogun has been chomping at the bit to get a rematch with one of the few men that has put a blemish on his record. Coleman initially defeated Shogun at Pride 31, back in November of 2006.

The loss hasn’t sit well with Shogun, due to the fact that it wasn’t a clear defeat. Shogun was controlling Coleman for much of the 1stRound, but when Colemen went for a single leg takedown and Shogun placed his right arm down to brace his fall, his arm caught the mat and broke. The referee immediately jumped in and stopped the fight.

An unnecessary riot between Shogun’s former camp, Chute Boxe, and Coleman’s American Friends and Fighters subsequently occurred in the ring.

“I hope this time he doesn’t run from me,” Shogun stated. “He said no to me a couple of times, but I believe now it will happen.”

Coleman, who has been rehabilitating a knee injury of his own, denies ever dodging a rematch with Shogun. In fact, he states that a rematch has never even crossed his mind.

“I really haven’t put much thought to Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua lately,” Coleman told MMAJunkie. “I have no clue what he’s talking about claiming I ducked him. If he really needs to stir something up, I really don’t give a (expletive). He can stir something up.

“As far as ‘Shogun’ being on the top of my list, he’s not,” Coleman added. “I have no reason to want to fight his ass. I already fought him and beat him … As far as him indicating the fact that I’ve ducked him, that’s wishful thinking on his part.”

Coleman also states that he never requested the UFC to give him a bout with Shogun in November. He was initially slated to face Brock Lesnar at UFC 87 in a couple of weeks, but was forced to pull out due to his knee injury.

Coleman added that his knee is almost 100% healed and he would be more than willing to take on Shogun again, if that is what the fans and the UFC want.

“If (a fight with Rua) is something that interests the fans, if that’s something that the UFC wants to make happen, I don’t go around turning down fights,” Coleman said. “‘Shogun’ is fine.”

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