Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has signed to fight on former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell in June at UFC 85 in London, England. Rua recently confirmed the rumored bout with Sherdog.
Rua (16-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) entered the UFC in 2007 with high expectations after winning 4-straight fights in PRIDE but was upset in his UFC debut by Forrest Griffin. He holds notable career wins over Ricardo Arona, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Quinton Jackson, Alistair Overeem, and Kazuhiro Nakamura. Following his loss to Griffin, “Shogun” underwent surgery to repair a torn knee ligament.
Liddell (21-5 MMA, 16-4 UFC) looked unstoppable after winning 7-straight fights over some of the sports best fighters between 2004 and 2007. However, he next suffered back-to-back losses to Quinton Jackson and Keith Jardine and his fighting future was in question. In December he participated in one of the top fights of 2007, defeating his rival, Wanderlei Silva, in a unanimous decision slugfest.
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