Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (16-3-0) was once widely regarding as the world’s top light heavyweight even though he never held a championship belt.
His fight with Forrest Griffin (15-4-0) was suppose to catapult him into the forefront of the UFC with a title shot against a guy he had already beaten in Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (29-6-0).
Unfortunately for him, Griffin outworked the Brazilian at UFC 76 this past September, making him look like he was ill-prepared for his debut in the Octagon.
Following the fight, “Shogun” underwent knee surgery and confirming when he would return.
“I’ll fight in March,” Rua told Tatame.
As reported earlier this week, Rua and his brother Murilo “Ninja” Rua decided to leave Chute Boxe Academy in Brazil.
“I should open an Gym here [Brazil] in January, I’ll be back to train on January 10,” Rua continued.
Rua also told MMAWeekly he would prefer to stay and train in Brazil to remain close to his family.