The world’s former top ranked light heavyweight Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will be making his long awaited return to the Octagon this weekend at UFC 93 to meet a familiar foe. Although he and Mark Coleman have had their differences in the past, Shogun states that he is more focused on getting his career back on track than his actual opponent.
“I wouldn’t call it bad blood,” Shogun stated of his beef with Coleman. “I spoke with Coleman after our first fight and we got somewhat into terms. However, as a fighter I want to prove that our first fight was an accident and I didn’t like the way he celebrated it like if it was a totally legit win.”
In their initial matchup nearly two years ago, Coleman attempted to take the Brazilian to the ground, however when Shogun planted his right arm on the mat to brace his fall, he dislocated his elbow and the fight was stopped immediately.
Although Shogun still has the bitter taste of defeat lingering in his mouth, he is just excited that he finally gets the opportunity to prove to the fans of the UFC that he is just as talented as they have heard.
“I’m focusing on defeating Coleman and winning the fight,” said Rua. “Every time I fight I try to have (an) exciting fight and this time isn’t going to be any different. There are things that are consequence of our work and if I have a good fight, naturally people are gonna like it. The main thing in my mind is to win and show my true potential.”
With the collapse of PrideFC, Shogun’s UFC signing was one of the most monumental in company history. He was one of the most dominating and exciting fighters in the world, and the UFC hoped that he would solidify their already deep 205-pound division.
Unfortunately, his Octagon career got off on the wrong foot, or should we say knee. Prior to the bout, Shogun had been recovering from a surgically repaired knee, however he felt that it was healed enough for him to fight.
It was clear that he wasn’t the same explosive fighter as we have seen in the past. After the bout, he went to have a second operation on the knee, and he is now 100% confident that it, and he, are exactly where they need to be in order to take over the UFC’s most prized division.
“My injuries are healed so I’m feeling in great shape,” proclaimed Shogun. “I feel great. I’m well-trained, in good shape and have little weight to cut for the fight. I’m feeling fast, my cardio is good and I have been working a lot on my power.”