The following is an interview with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua from the TATAME Brazilian MMA website roughly translated to english:
Shogun closed to a deal with UFC
Mauricio Shogun is really closed to sign the contract with UFC. With his brother, Murilo Ninja, who gave the first american belt to Chute Boxe, Shogun get the chance to fix his future in th US. “I had meetings with a lot of events and talked to White personally. We lost some bucks in the casino (laughs). I believe next week we are going to set this fight for september”, told Shogun
However his work is already recognized by the japanese audience, the CB fighter knows that he has a hard path to take in the USA and he prefer to not choose the oponnent. “UFC is a new event for me. In the US people don't know me. I can't choose the oponnent and i hope to earn the respect of the american audience, like i did in Japan.” said Shogun. About the rumors of a possible injury, Shogun calm down the fans. “I injuried my knee training. I went to the doctor, but it was not a big deal. And he said that i can train normally”, he ended.
To read the original article in Portuguese, click here.