After breaking his arm during his first
fight with Mark Coleman, Brazilian Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will finally
have a chance for payback. On January 17, “Shogun” will meet Coleman
at UFC 93 in Dublin, Ireland. After a rough start in the UFC with a
loss to Forrest Griffin, you can’t count him out and ignore the list
of victories captured by “Shogun” including Quinton Jackson, Alistair
Overeem and Ricardo Arona.
MMA Sports: In February of 2006 you got your
arm broken during a fight with Coleman. What are you expecting from
Shogun: I know Coleman has been training hard and he is in his best
shape. It will be a great fight. For me, our last fight didn’t end.
If I were him I would never celebrate this win. After that, he started
to say a lot of bullshit about me and my team. And this motivated me
to fight him. I do consider him a tough opponent and be sure I will
give my best to beat him.
MMA Sports: And how do you intend to win? How
is your training to fight him?
Shogun: My training is awesome. I have been doing a great job and I
feel 100% ready. I will give my best during the fight and I am fighting
for my fans around the world. I think my fight with Coleman will be
a great bout.
MMA Sports: What’s the difference between the
first fight between you two and now?
Shogun: You remember what happened during our first meeting. This rematch
I wanted a while ago. I do respect him as a fighter and I know it will
be a hard fight. He is a top fighter and I am ready for him. I am sure
it will be a different fight at this time.
MMA Sports: - I can feel in your words some anger
against Coleman. What do you think of him?
Shogun: He does not have honor. He was not a man with me. When I got
my arm broken, we talked after the fight and he was a nice guy in my
face, but when I turn my back, he said a lot of false and bad stuff
about me. That’s the reason this fight became a personal issue for me.
MMA Sports: Talking about your training, how
important was BJJ black belt Nino Schembri into your final preparation?
Shogun: He is a great fighter and an excellent person. He has been training
hard to fight an MMA event in Brazil and it has been a great exchange.
He adds a lot during the daily training.
MMA Sports: Recently you hosted UFC crew in your
place to record a promotion video in Curitiba. Tell me more about it…
Shogun: They taped some training at the gym and then they wanted to
know me as a person. Things I like to do in my free time. They went
to my place, my mom’s house. I got all the people together for a barbecue.
It was my birthday. We had a great time… me, my family and friends.
I think they enjoyed it as well.
MMA Sports: How do you see your division at the
UFC these days?
Shogun: In my opinion it’s the most difficult division in the competition.
There are great athletes who have high qualities to fight for the belt.
Now it depends on each one to do there best and take advantage of every
MMA Sports: You’ve been defeated by Forrest Griffin,
if you have another chance to fight Forrest Griffin, what would you
Shogun: I am sure the fight would be a lot different. I would be more
focused and ready for the fight. I know that answer looks like an excuse.
He deserved to win by that time. I do accept his win, but I deeply got
defeated to myself.
MMA Sports: What do you consider it was your
main mistake during that fight against Griffin? Once you were defeated
in the last minute of the fight?
Shogun: Analyzing now the fight I see I didn’t train enough. Now I am
working on my weight and I think this bothered me during that fight.
As I said before, Griffin was the winner, but I know I was guilty of
MMA Sports: Thierry Sokoudjou said he would like
to fight you... would you like to fight him? Is there is any fighter
you would like to fight?
Shogun: I think Sokoudjou needs to shut up. Both Machida and Cane gave
him a hard time and he is in no position to choose. And answering your
question I don’t choose opponents. I am a professional and I will fight
whoever the UFC wants me to fight.
MMA Sports: UFC is going to Ireland… what do
you think about fighting in there?
Shogun: I think it’s great. I feel lucky to have the chance to be part
of that and see the MMA getting fast development. I think the UFC has
been changing the point of view of average people about the sport and
this is very important. I’ve heard UFC has plans to go to other countries
as well and who knows in Brazil? It would kick ass because Brazilians
would support it for sure.