Shogun on Babalu, Sokoudjou, Hendo and Fedor...

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tomp6581
6/27/07 6:06:26AM
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Mauricio Rua (Pictures) won't stop. As the Brazilian sits on the sidelines eagerly awaiting a return to the ring -- or a debut in the cage -- the young light heavyweight keeps training hard. During a break from training "Shogun," the 2005 PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix champion, spoke to Sherdog.com.

When we will see you in action again?

I wish I could fight at UFC 72, but it didn't happen. I'm training a lot and I hope to get back soon. I'm waiting, but nothing is for sure yet. I'm ready to rumble.

How is the training in the Chute Boxe gym?

The training is great. I think I never trained as hard as I'm doing now. I'm ready to fight anytime.

There are rumors saying you will fight Renato Sobral (Pictures), who beat you once. What do you think about this?

I'll face anyone. I'm a MMA employee. Whomever they say, I'll fight. I never choose my opponents. I faced the better ones in my weight class, so I'm able to fight anyone. But another fight against "Babalu" would be a tasty rematch to me. I would love it.

What do you think about Sokoudjou? They say you are the contender to fight him.

He is a very good athlete. He kicks very well and has good judo skills. He defeated two top fighters -- "Minotoro" and Ricardo Arona (Pictures) -- but if they offer him to me, I'll take it. I fight anyone.

A PRIDE title shot against Dan Henderson (Pictures) is also in your plans, right?

For sure. My goal is to get this title, because it doesn't belong to Wanderlei anymore. I hope to get this chance, because I'm fighting at this weight class for a long time, and, thank God, I'm beating everybody. I think my title shot time has come.

What do you think about Henderson?

Dan Henderson (Pictures) is an excellent athlete. He is very professional, and I respect him a lot. But as a champion he is now, my goal is to face him. I'm sure I can fight well.

Wanderlei told us he would to relinquish his right to a rematch for the title if you would be the No. 1 contender. What do you think about his words?

I'm a huge fan of Wanderlei, not only in the ring but also as a person. If he said that, so he wants me to be the champion, and I'll give my best to repay his affection to me.

When he was the champion, even though you defeated every other contender, you would not face him for the title. Things have changed now? Do you feel more motivation?

For sure. This is a motivation and a big challenge. This is my goal now, because I want this title. Like I always fought for my dreams, I'll fight for this.

This UFC-PRIDE fusion is a little confusing. Everyday there is something new about it. Do you feel a little loss about this, too?

We are confused about it, because we don't know what is actually happening. I hope things get solved soon, because the athletes will have all the benefits with this fusion. This is a motivation for us to train more. And these changes are all welcome, because MMA in American is growing really fast, and it will spread all over the world, because everything that they do there, the rest of the world wants to do the same. If it happens there, will happen all around the world.

A lot of people are saying you would be a tough contender to Fedor Emelianenko (Pictures). Do you feel ready to face him?

Fedor is for sure the number one among the heavyweights. I would fight him. He is the heavier and more experienced guy, so he would feel the pressure to win, and I would fight very calm. I think I'm ready to face him, yes, because every time I fight, I overcome myself. Experience is everything.

Right after the last Cage Rage, you and your brother Murilo Rua (Pictures) gave some seminars in Germany. Tell us about it?

The seminars were awesome. I think there was something about 30 students there. It was great because MMA is not very known in Europe, but the audience there welcome us very well. We have a lot of fans there, and I hope to back there again soon.

You are in the cast of a movie in the U.S. Tell us about it.

I'll start my participation at July. This is a new way, I'm excited about it, and let us see the result. My character will be Philipe. I will be the bad guy, the villain (laughs). The movie will tell the history of a guy who was model, and started to fight, things ran well and he became the champion. It's all I know.

What can your fans expect about your next performances?

I want to thanks to everybody who's supporting us. I want to say that when I fight, I feel support coming from the crowd, and this is awesome. Every time I fight I try to give my best to give a very good show to the fans, to return the affection that they show for me.
hippysmacker
6/27/07 7:20:39AM
I hope he fights soon. I feel bad for Babalu if they make that his next fight though. I think it would be 3 losses in a row. I was Babalu would Forrest/Jardine. Someone good , but not a- level yet IMO. I think Shogun should fight Machida. That would make Machida have to engage and showcase Rua.
DoTheMMAth
6/27/07 7:48:24AM

Posted by hippysmacker

I hope he fights soon. I feel bad for Babalu if they make that his next fight though. I think it would be 3 losses in a row. I was Babalu would Forrest/Jardine. Someone good , but not a- level yet IMO. I think Shogun should fight Machida. That would make Machida have to engage and showcase Rua.



Aww, come on, you don't think Babalu's recent grappling exhibition vs Frank Mir was enough to get him back into the swing of things?
hippysmacker
6/27/07 8:08:05AM

Posted by DoTheMMAth


Posted by hippysmacker

I hope he fights soon. I feel bad for Babalu if they make that his next fight though. I think it would be 3 losses in a row. I was Babalu would Forrest/Jardine. Someone good , but not a- level yet IMO. I think Shogun should fight Machida. That would make Machida have to engage and showcase Rua.



Aww, come on, you don't think Babalu's recent grappling exhibition vs Frank Mir was enough to get him back into the swing of things?



Your right , I take it all back. Babalu will probably beat Fedor soon
tomp6581
6/27/07 9:49:18AM
Shogun is good enought to justify a title shot straigt away....i think most people would agree with that......I just cant understand why the ufc dont pre promote the best pride fighters intead of just introducing them to the crowd and telling them "he's a good fighter".
I personally think all it would take is tv programme, featuring people casual fans know and trust (rogan, white, couture etc) to talk up the new fighters and show highlights of their fights. I think that would really help alot.
hook_tothe_body
6/27/07 10:25:37AM

Posted by DoTheMMAth


Posted by hippysmacker

I hope he fights soon. I feel bad for Babalu if they make that his next fight though. I think it would be 3 losses in a row. I was Babalu would Forrest/Jardine. Someone good , but not a- level yet IMO. I think Shogun should fight Machida. That would make Machida have to engage and showcase Rua.



Aww, come on, you don't think Babalu's recent grappling exhibition vs Frank Mir was enough to get him back into the swing of things?



lol.

To be fair, Mir is sick on the ground. He knows his crap.

But yeah, it'll take more than that. I think Babalu has just been having bad luck. (Maybe not against Chuck.) But he is one of my favorite fighters. Well-rounded.

Does anyone think Mir or Babalu could make a big comeback?
DMcCabe11
6/27/07 11:01:04AM
if SHogun is training now harder than he has ever trained before the entire 205 division is in for a rude awakening
nubby
6/27/07 11:27:54AM

Posted by DMcCabe11

if SHogun is training now harder than he has ever trained before the entire 205 division is in for a rude awakening


Can we just wait on that assumption until after his first fight? The guy is great in pride but lets not get ahead of ourselves. The new rules for him might make an impact.
hippysmacker
6/27/07 11:40:07AM

Posted by nubby


Posted by DMcCabe11

if SHogun is training now harder than he has ever trained before the entire 205 division is in for a rude awakening


Can we just wait on that assumption until after his first fight? The guy is great in pride but lets not get ahead of ourselves. The new rules for him might make an impact.



that's a good point. i think they should give him a Tune-up before he goes into title contention. he looked fine against Overeem, but that was without elbows. Whether he's throwing them ,or receiving them, that could make a difference. Also, most of his fights have been in a ring. However, I think he's too good not to be fighting for the belt soon. He' s shown how well rounded he is, so his work ethic is obviously good enough to adapt pretty quickly to me.
Manfred
6/27/07 11:46:04AM
Don't think the rules as much as the cage. Remember his last to fights we're under NSAC rules and he did fine. Randleman took him down in the opening seconds and he kneebarred him. But against oOvereem he displayed he didn't need to stomp when standing over downed opponents. He just dove into a punch.
hippysmacker
6/27/07 11:54:54AM

Posted by Manfred

Don't think the rules as much as the cage. Remember his last to fights we're under NSAC rules and he did fine. Randleman took him down in the opening seconds and he kneebarred him. But against oOvereem he displayed he didn't need to stomp when standing over downed opponents. He just dove into a punch.



That's why I mentioned he looked good against Overeem. However, there were no elbows allowed in those fight's. So that's the only significant rule difference from his last 2 fights. I agree about the cage though. I've seen all his Pride fight's, but the only fight I've seen him have in a cage was against Babalu , and he lost. I know he has grown as a fighter since then, but it is worth mentioning.
Manfred
6/27/07 12:43:02PM

Posted by hippysmacker


Posted by Manfred

Don't think the rules as much as the cage. Remember his last to fights we're under NSAC rules and he did fine. Randleman took him down in the opening seconds and he kneebarred him. But against oOvereem he displayed he didn't need to stomp when standing over downed opponents. He just dove into a punch.



That's why I mentioned he looked good against Overeem. However, there were no elbows allowed in those fight's. So that's the only significant rule difference from his last 2 fights. I agree about the cage though. I've seen all his Pride fight's, but the only fight I've seen him have in a cage was against Babalu , and he lost. I know he has grown as a fighter since then, but it is worth mentioning.



And unlike Cro Cop, Chute Box has a cage to train in
DMcCabe11
6/27/07 12:46:36PM
i think unlike the Croation HW who is too proud to train in the octagon the Chute Box fighter will be smart enough to adjust into that Cage atmosphere
Manfred
6/27/07 12:52:34PM

Posted by DMcCabe11

i think unlike the Croation HW who is too proud to train in the octagon the Chute Box fighter will be smart enough to adjust into that Cage atmosphere



WAS too pround. Reportedly he's bought one
hippysmacker
6/27/07 12:54:04PM
That's a good point, about Chutebox having the cage.
DMcCabe11
6/27/07 12:59:00PM
really i hope cro cop bought a cage for the sake of his career
fedorwins1
6/27/07 1:12:48PM

Posted by nubby


Posted by DMcCabe11

if SHogun is training now harder than he has ever trained before the entire 205 division is in for a rude awakening


Can we just wait on that assumption until after his first fight? The guy is great in pride but lets not get ahead of ourselves. The new rules for him might make an impact.



Well he beat Overeem fairly squarely with the new rules.
DMcCabe11
6/27/07 1:21:29PM
also i think it will be hard for him without the patent chute box foot stomps i think mauricio is too good a fighter to have rules affect him
pv3Hpv3p
6/27/07 2:07:41PM
Could anyone here imagine a Fedor vs Shogun fight... Talk about dream matches... As long as he didn't come in looking like Ninja in the HWGP, probably just not worry about cutting... that would be a hell of fight
DMcCabe11
6/27/07 2:09:25PM
man Shogun vs any elite fighter is a great fight i cant wait to get him in the cage for the first time
kaduey
6/27/07 2:47:35PM

Posted by hippysmacker

I hope he fights soon. I feel bad for Babalu if they make that his next fight though. I think it would be 3 losses in a row. I was Babalu would Forrest/Jardine. Someone good , but not a- level yet IMO. I think Shogun should fight Machida. That would make Machida have to engage and showcase Rua.



Agree 100%. Lyoto vs. Shogun would be great. But the UFC would have a more marketable fight with Babalu. UFC loves playing the revenge plot in their fights.
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