Mauricio Rua dreams about being part of UFC 147

5615949016 1edae2acb5Earlier this month Quinton “Rampage” Jackson railed against the UFC, bemoaning the types of opponents he was being given and asking for his release from the organization with one fight remaining on his contract.

The UFC answered with a fight that seemed to fit Jackson’s style request, a rematch with the man that defeated him in August 2005 while they both fighters were members of the PRIDE organization, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

Not long after the UFC announced the fight, Jackson said he would need surgery on both of his knees. Since that time there has not been much information from Rua, Jackson or the UFC regarding the fight.

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That changed recently, with Rua breaking the silence, “I might fight in June or July, that’s when I hope to fight, but for now there’s no opponent in mind.” Rua was then asked if he wanted to fight on the upcoming UFC 147 card in Brazil, “Absolutely. I dream about being part of this card, even because it’s a huge event. I would really like to be a part of it. Let’s wait for UFC to define something.”  – for more see Tatame.

As it stands now, it seems like Rua will not be waiting for a fight with Jackson.  What that means for Jackson’s future is unknown at this time.

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Further Reading: Mauricio Rua won’t retire until he gets a rematch with Rampage Jackson

Photo: UFC fighter Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in Los Angeles, California on October 21, 2009. Francis Specker