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.
Pictured: Mauricio “Shogun” Rua