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Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Making a UFC Rio Comeback

Written on April 07, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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After loosing his light heavyweight title in an emphatic fashion, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua is now working to comeback in the Octagon. And he's eyeing UFC Rio.

After Mauricio “Shogun” Rua lost his light-heavyweight title to Jon Jones at UFC 128, he is almost certain to return in the Octagon at UFC Rio.

“We are already talking to the UFC about his next fight. They are really very supportive of us and after the bout, Dana [White] came into the locker room to show support and said he felt rhythm was important for Shogun, so whenever I was ready, I should call him cause they wanted him to fight soon again.”

It makes perfect sense to see Brazil’s famous MMA fighter to be part of UFC’s August 27 event in Rio the Janeiro. However, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua’s next opponent is yet to be known.

More updates are sure to come, so just keep it posted here on Fighting Insider.

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UFC Will Hit Rio de Janeiro

Written on December 08, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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UFC CEO, Lorenzo Fertitta, and President, Dana White, are set to travel to Rio de Janeiro next week. They will announce, in conjunction with Mayor Eduardo Paes, the first UFC event ever to hit the city.

UFC execs, Lorenzo Fertitta and Dana White, are set to travel to Rio de Janeiro next week. Fertitta and White, together with Mayor Eduardo Paes, will announce the first UFC event that will hit the city. Fertitta, White and Paes will make the announcement on December 15, at the Mayor’s official residence in Palacio de Cidade. Also in attendance are UFC Champions Anderson Silva, Mauricio Rua and Jose Aldo. Middleweight contender, Vitor Belfort, and MMA legend, Royce Gracie, will be present as well.

UFC has not held any event in Brazil for over a decade now. The promotion’s last trip was in 1998 during the UFC 17.5 in Sao Paulo. Who among the best UFC fighters will highlight the first event in Rio de Janeiro? Drop your insights in the comment box.

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