Manager: Shogun Rua won't reject an opportunity to fight Tito OrtizPosted on September 4, 2011, 06:41 AM by Anton Gurevich
Mauricio "Shogun" Rua's manager Eduardo Alonso revealed that his client won't reject an opportunity to square off agianst "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Tito Ortiz in his next bout. According to Alonso, Shogun would love to fight a legend, just like Lyoto Machida against Randy Couture back at UFC 129:
"I've been hearing some rumors, but until now there's nothing concrete about UFC. If it depends only on my plannings, he'd fight on December 31st, it'd be great. I'd really like him to fight Tito Ortiz since he's an icon of the sport and will soon retire. He didn't have the chance to fight (Randy) Couture, something Lyoto had the luck and credits to do, but I'd like to see this fight. It came from Tito himself, who challenged him, but we're realistic. I know it's not much likely, so it's only left for us to wait. Everybody knows Shogun doesn't pick his opponents, so we're opened to discussion. To me, the date (December 31st) is more important than the opponent." - TATAME
Shogun Rua is coming off a convincing victory over Forrest Griffin in the co-main event of UFC 134 in Rio, with sights on securing another shot at the UFC Light Heavyweight title. Statistics-wise, Tito Ortiz is not exactly the man to give Shogun that status, despite the victory over Ryan Bader and a somewhat heroic performance against Rashad Evans.
UFC Light Heavyweight division has a lot of potential match-ups for Shogun, with top-ranked fighters such as Phil Davis, Rich Franklin and even the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Dan Henderson currently waiting to discover the identity of their next opponent.