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Former PRIDE 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix champion and UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Mauricio Rua recently participated in a Kevin Iole hosted live chat at Yahoo! Sports, and said his sights are set squarely on Jon Jones.

Jones took the title from Shogun 18 months ago at UFC 128, and since then kayoed Forrest Griffin at UFC 134, and narrowly lost to Dan Henderson at UFC 139 in what may be the best MMA fight of all time.

He fights Brandon Vera this Saturday at UFC on FOX 4. A definitive win there could earn him a title shot, and this time he says there is more time and tape to study.

Kevin Iole: I am going to ask a question for Shogun. How long did it take for you to recover from your injuries in the Dan Henderson fight.

Shogun Rua: That was a very tough fight but after a week or two of resting I was okay. Some people said I have some broken bones but I didn't, that wasn't true. It was a brutal fight and it took more time to recover mentally than any injury.

KI: What skills do you have that Brandon Vera doesnt have?

SR: It is difficult to look at opponents now and look at one skill over another because everyone is well rounded. I think, skill wise, maybe I have better BJJ than Vera.

KI: How do you think a rematch with Jon Jones would play out?

SR: That's the fight I want. I want my title back. I think he is much easier to study Jon Jones now... last time the guy was a brand new style in the UFC. Now we've seen him fight other guys and have more information what he's going to do in the Octagon. I am working towards beating him in a rematch.

KI: Who's hit you the hardest in your career?

SR: Jon Jones for aggression and Dan Henderson has the heavier hands.

KI: Why did Dana say you would rather be cut than fight Glover? Where did the disconnect between your camp and the UFC come from to mix the story up that badly?

SR: I don't know where the information came from. Right now, Glover isn't well known or ranked and has a long road ahead of him. With all respect, a win over him wouldn't have got me closer to the belt and getting the belt back is my only focus.

KI: Dana said if you look impressive, you get the next title shot. What is your response to that?

SR: I was very excited to hear that from Dana. From what I understand I have to be impressive and that is very motivating for me to put on a huge victory and beat Brandon Vera.

KI: Do you expect a muay thai battle with Vera or do you think he'll try to take you down?

SR: It will be a great Maut Thai war!

KI: What keeps you motivated after tough losses to Jones and Henderson??

SR: I think the fight with Henderson should have been a draw but, that's okay. It was close. But I really want a rematch with Jones because I can do so much better than i did the first fight.

KI: what is your opinion on Alistair Overeem and his evolution since you fought him 5 years ago?
(Ed note: Shogun knocked Overeem out, twice, both in the first round)

SR: He always has good kickboxing and wrestling. The biggest difference is the size of his body...

KI: At this point in your career, what are you most afraid of?

SR: No. I'm not afraid of anything or anyone. 

KI: How much longer do you see yourself continuing to fight?

SR: Another six, seven years I think.

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7/29/12 5:55 PM
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Shogun is 4-4 in the UFC.

I'm still trying to figure out how a win over Brandon Vera gets you closer to a title shot than Glover Texiera.
7/29/12 5:56 PM
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I think he plans to put more pressure on him and not to let him find his range.

But i agree Jones will just take him down at will.

I dont see it looking too much diff other than alittle better standup from shogun, but thats not sayin much. Phone Post
7/29/12 5:57 PM
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I don't think Shogun will manage to put himself into a title shot versus Jones anyways, and that's probably a good thing for his mental and physical health.
7/29/12 5:58 PM
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cool hand Ed - Shogun is 4-4 in the UFC.

I'm still trying to figure out how a win over Brandon Vera gets you closer to a title shot than Glover Texiera.
Yep i hate to say it but i dont see Shogun ever being a real contender at 205 again.

His body has taken a lot of abuse. I see him realistically in the ufc for 3 more years tops. Phone Post
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Former PRIDE 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix champion and UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Mauricio Rua recently participated in a Kevin Iole hosted live chat at Yahoo! Sports, and said his sights are set squarely on Jon Jones.

Jones took the title from Shogun 18 months ago at UFC 128, and since then kayoed Forrest Griffin at UFC 134, and narrowly lost to Dan Henderson at UFC 139 in what may be the best MMA fight of all time.

He fights Brandon Vera this Saturday at UFC on FOX 4. A definitive win there could earn him a title shot, and this time he says there is more time and tape to study.

 

 

SR: ... Glover isn't well known or ranked and has a long road ahead of him. With all respect, a win over him wouldn't have got me closer to the belt and getting the belt back is my only focus.

 

 
...and a win over Vera does?
love shogun, but this sounds suspiciously indicative of ducking
 
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I'm just happy to read somebody who wants to fight Jon Jones. Seems like everyone doesn't want to fight him, especially again if they've already lost to him. Phone Post
7/29/12 6:45 PM
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 this thread shows the lack of knowledge by MMA fans today.

4-4?

Machida was 1-3 and got a title shot. He lost to Shogun twice then Rampage then faced Randy. Then got  title shot. The fuck does 4-4 have to do with anything. SHogun is a former champion and i guess people forget that.

I think he need another win after Vera but to bring up that hes 4-4 is stupid.
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Fuck it. War shogun! Phone Post
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He has the right mind set and skill set but is he still at his physical peak after 2 knee surgeries? He doesn't look like it but I hope I'm wrong.
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Fuck all you people hating on Shogun. Phone Post
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DeadlySideCheckKick - He has the right mind set and skill set but is he still at his physical peak after 2 knee surgeries? He doesn't look like it but I hope I'm wrong.

 hes had multiple knee surgeries. He just didnt recover properly before facing griffin. when he did recover properly he went and demolished Machida
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war gun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1



go to mw and take out anderson
7/29/12 6:51 PM
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Should win a couple before thinking about Jones
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KI: At this point in your career, what are you most afraid of?

SR: No. I'm not afraid of anything or anyone.

Love this guy.

If Shogun employed the right strategy and didnt let Henderson tee off on him in the opening rounds of their fight, the 205 picture would be a lot different now.

Here's hoping he looks impressive against Vera.
7/29/12 6:53 PM
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I know his camp didnt divulge too many details about the injuries he sustained prior to the Henderson fight, but i read on tatame i believe that he injured his clavicle training for that fight.
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Shogun will beat Jones. Ill quote this up when it happens Phone Post
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war gun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1



go to mw and take out anderson

 now this would be interesting... though it'll never happen
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Chris Leben is a Zombie - Shogun will beat Jones. Ill quote this up when it happens <img src="/images/phone/apple.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/>


Well, Shogun IS the king of rematches after all.
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Puhleeze...Shogun has something for Jones 7 years ago. Now the new breeds wrecks Shogun. Im a big fan, but time to take off the nolstalgia glasses and get real. Phone Post
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DeadlySideCheckKick - He has the right mind set and skill set but is he still at his physical peak after 2 knee surgeries? He doesn't look like it but I hope I'm wrong.

 hes had multiple knee surgeries. He just didnt recover properly before facing griffin. when he did recover properly he went and demolished Machida
I think if he faced machida again he would lose badly. He just landed a well timed punch. Phone Post
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Chris Leben is a Zombie - Shogun will beat Jones. Ill quote this up when it happens <img src="/images/phone/apple.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/>


Well, Shogun IS the king of rematches after all.
Jones is the KING of the ring it doesnt matter if its a rematch or not. Phone Post
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DeadlySideCheckKick - He has the right mind set and skill set but is he still at his physical peak after 2 knee surgeries? He doesn't look like it but I hope I'm wrong.

 hes had multiple knee surgeries. He just didnt recover properly before facing griffin. when he did recover properly he went and demolished Machida
I think if he faced machida again he would lose badly. He just landed a well timed punch. <img src="/images/phone/droid.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/>


Even before the KO win he won again in what was a robbery. That's why when you look at their records the fights are immediately after each other, because the wrong guy won? Yea.
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Been lurking for the past couple weeks, due to the content of threads on here, (Anderson vs. Diaz, Anderson's managers non stop talking, Anderson vs. Rashad, Rory Mac hate, etc.)
This thread made me log in.
This is what ive been WAITING for Shogun to say.
I love his attitude, hopefully he can stay healthy.
I can only PRAY he fights a perfect fight, if he gets a rematch.
If he pulled it off, it would be even better than his KO of Machida.
TTT for rematch
Yet, i still don't see how fighting Vera gets him closer to a shot.
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DeadlySideCheckKick - He has the right mind set and skill set but is he still at his physical peak after 2 knee surgeries? He doesn't look like it but I hope I'm wrong.

 hes had multiple knee surgeries. He just didnt recover properly before facing griffin. when he did recover properly he went and demolished Machida
I think if he faced machida again he would lose badly. He just landed a well timed punch. <img src="/images/phone/droid.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/>


Shogun is the better fighter. Deal with it.

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