Mauricio Rua vs. Forrest Griffin II set for UFC: Rio in AugustPosted on April 15, 2011, 02:15 PM by Joey Santosus
A rematch between two former Light Heavyweight Champions, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Forrest Griffin, has been added to the UFC: Rio line-up.
The match-up was first reported by GracieMag.com and has since been confirmed by UFC officials.
Their first meeting took place in 2007 at UFC 76. The bout marked Rua's promotional debut, and though the former PRIDE Champion was favored by many, Griffin pulled off the upset, submitting the Brazilian with just fifteen seconds remaining in the fight.
Following the loss, Rua was sidelined for more than a year due to a nagging knee injury, but returned with back-to-back TKO victories over Mark Coleman and Chuck Liddell before dropping a controversial unanimous decision to then-champ Lyoto Machida. Due to the questionable outcome of the bout, "Shogun" was granted an immediate rematch at UFC 117, where he scored a first round knockout victory over Machida to capture the division title. Rua, however, lost the belt last month, when he suffered a third-round TKO loss to current Champion Jon "Bones" Jones.
Griffin, meanwhile, continued building momentum following his win over Rua by dethroning Quinton "Rampage" Jackson at UFC 86. His title reign was cut short, however, when he was defeated by Rashad Evans just five months later. The Ultimate Fighter 1 winner has since went 2-1, with decision victories over both Rich Franklin and Tito Ortiz.
UFC: Rio is set to take place August 27th from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The landmark card will be headlined by a Middleweight title clash between division Champion Anderson "The Spider" Silva and challenger Yushin "Thunder" Okami and will mark the promotion's first trip back to the country since 1998.
Photo: UFC fighter Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in Los Angeles, California on October 21, 2009. Francis Specker