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Mauricio “Shogun” Rua Hopes to Fight Randy Couture in First UFC Title Defense

Mauricio Shogun RuaFollowing his first-round knockout of Lyoto Machida in the main event of Saturday’s UFC 113, newly-crowned UFC light heavyweight champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua hopes to fight UFC hall of famer Randy Couture in his first title defense.

“I would be very happy to fight Randy Couture because he’s a legend, an icon in the sport, and someone I admire. I would be very happy to fight him,” Rua told Sherdog (video below).

Despite undergoing an emergency appendectomy just 7 weeks before his rematch with Machida, Rua avenged his controversial October loss to “The Dragon” and claimed the 205-pound title with a decisive KO just 3:35 into the bout.

“Shogun” was expected to face the winner of a UFC 114 matchup between Rashad Evans and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in his first title defense, but UFC President Dana White has said that while that is the likely plan, a title shot is not guaranteed for the winner.

Couture, a winner of back-to-back fights over Brandon Vera and Mark Coleman, is expected to meet UFC newcomer and former boxing champ James Toney at UFC 118 in August, and could earn another shot at the title he’s held twice before if he wins.

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