In a recent Sports Illustrated Article UFC President Dana White was asked about recent PRIDE transfer Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and what his status is. White confirmed he will be fighting in September 22nd in Anaheim at UFC 76.Â When asked who his opponent would be White responded that it is not yet known (read not yet announced) but it will be “someone good”. Now I don’t know whether to praise the UFC for not giving “Shogun”, who is arguably the best light heavyweight in the world, a can or whether I still need to have my fingers crossed that the UFC’s idea of “good” and mine are wildly different.
Rumors have mentioned that Rua may face either the loser of this weekend’s Rashad Evans-Tito Ortiz matchup although if “Shogun” will immediately receive a title shot I would expect him to face the winner of the fight.
White also confirmed that Rua will receive a title shot pending a win at the September UFC event. Here is what Sports Illustrated has said about the situation:
Shogun is likely to be in main events very shortly. White says that if Shogun wins in September, he will get the next title shot at the UFC Light Heavyweight Title. That could lead to a rematch with Jackson, who Shogun obliterated in Japan.
Rua is 16-2 in his mixed martial arts career but has yet to fight on the biggest stage in the MMA world, the UFC. Rua has won 4 straight in PRIDE over Cyrille Diabate, Kevin Randleman, Kazuhiro Nakamura, and Alistair Overeem in a span of just 6 months. By the time his September fight rolls around it will have been nearly 7 months between MMA fights for the top light heavyweight.