Sunday, November 27, 2022

Shogun Rua Back In Title Mix With Win Over Forrest Griffin

By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer

After losing the UFC Light Heavyweight Title to Jon Jones in March, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua showed he still is a contender after convincingly stopping Forrest Griffin this past weekend at UFC 134 in Brazil.

Post fight he spoke about where he feels he stands in the current title picture:”I've only had five losses,” Rua said in his native Portuguese. “I've managed to avenge all of them except Jon Jones and Babalu. Babalu is my friend, and he's on my team, so I wouldn't think of doing that. The only guy left then is Jon Jones.”

Jones has a date with Quinton Jackson in September when he defends the title for the first time since taking it from Shogun. Rua believes with one more impressive performance he could earn a shot at whoever the champ is.

The main man in charge, Dana White, gave his thoughts on Rua as well:

“[That] was a big win for him,” UFC President Dana White said. “The guy just lost the title to Jon Jones … I've got Jon Jones ranked No. 3 pound-for-pound in the world. (He) beats Forrest Griffin, who's one of the top light heavyweights in the world. It put Shogun right back in the title hunt.”

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