Mauricio “Shogun” Rua holds an impressive record of 19-4 with 17 of those wins coming via stoppage. He holds impressive wins over top fighters such as: Rampage Jacksons, Ricardo Arona, Alistair Overeem, Chuch Liddell and Shogun’s latest victory was over the undefeated Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida for the Light Heavyweight Championship. Even though Rashad Evans is going to be the first fighter to try to take the belt away from Shogun, he is open to fight anyone espeically the UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva.
“I believe a fight against Anderson (Silva) would be the biggest of my career and my life, but these challenges motivate me a lot. I respect him because today he and Fedor (Emelianenko) are the best pound-for-pound in the world. It will be a very hard fight, but as I said before, the only guy I have affection for in UFC is Wanderlei (Silva). I am professional and I work for the UFC, so for me it is a duty to repay what they ask me. I would fight with anyone, including Anderson, that is at the top of pound-for-pound in the world.” -Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
For now Shogun is set to face Rashad Evans, if Shogun is successful in defending his championship, a match with the “Spider” seems more likely than any other match.