The fallout from the UFC 151 debacle continues as reports now indicate that former champion Mauricio Rua turned down an opportunity to face Jon Jones at UFC 152 after his former rival and countryman Lyoto Machida declined the bout.
Lorenzo Fertitta reportedly confirmed the rumor to LA Times writer Lance Pugmire, who announced it via his twitter feed:
Lorenzo Fertitta tells me Shogun Rua also turned down a shot at Jones to set up Belfort as Sept. 22 opponent.
While “Shogun” has yet to comment on his reasons for declining the bout, it should be noted that the Brazilian would still be serving his 45-day medical suspension, which he was handed for his grueling victory over Brandon Vera on August 8, at the time of the bout.
Rua is currently slated to face Alexander Gustafsson at UFC on Fox 5 on December 9th.