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Shogun Says Rampage Turned Down Title Shot, Expects Tough Fight with Jon Jones

Mauricio Shogun RuaJon Jones apparently wasn’t the UFC’s first choice to replace teammate Rashad Evans against light heavyweight champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 128.

According to Rua, former title-holder Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was first offered the spot in the March 19 main event, but declined the potential rematch and will stay in a UFC 130 matchup with Thiago Silva on May 28.

“The UFC thought of other alternatives, but it didn’t worked out,” Rua told Tatame. “For some reason [Jackson] didn’t accept it.”

With a tough fight expected, Shogun went on to say that adjustments are needed to prepare for the dynamic Jones, who earned the title shot with a second-round submission of fellow prospect Ryan Bader and opened as the favorite in the matchup.

“I’ll have to change my training because he’s a lot different from Rashad, much taller, and it’ll be a great challenge. He’s been surprising everybody in the UFC, defeated everybody with ease, and it’ll be a tough fight for me,” Rua said.

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Pictured: Mauricio “Shogun” Rua

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