It’s Mauricio Rua against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 161

It’s a light heavyweight bout this summer at UFC camp with a battle between Mauricio Rua and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. UFC considers Rua and Nogueira as two if its best division fighters plus UFC also knows that fans just can’t wait for another light heavyweight clash soon.

The news of the event spread like wildfire and was already out as UFC 161 which will be held on June 15, 2013 at the MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. This is the first time UFC airs from Manitoba and Canadian fans from the province are truly delighted.

To remember that Rua has already defeated Nogueira in June 2005 in Pride FC – Critical Countdown 2005; Rua won via unanimous decision.

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is a 31 year old light heavyweight from Curitiba, Parana, Brazil. He has a 21 win and 7 losses professional MMA career record. His last fight was a loss against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC on Fox 5 Henderson versus Diaz in December 2012 via unanimous decision. Before this loss were a series of wins and losses since he started at UFC in January 2007. He bas braved facing terrible fighters but was not lucky in achieving victory like Lyoto Machida, Jon Jones and Dan Henderson. But life was not that hard for Shogun; he has also won against great contenders like Brandon Vera, Forrest Griffin, Lyoto Machida (after he lost) Chuck Lidell and Mark Coleman.

On the other hand, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; he is 36 years of age with 21 wins and only 5 losses in his professional MMA career. His last fight was a win over Rashad Evans at UFC 156 Aldo versus Edgar in February 2013 via unanimous decision; before this win was also a victory and this was against Tito Ortiz in UFC 140 Jones versus Machida in December 2011 via technical knockout in just 3 minutes and 15 seconds of round one. But before these wins, Nogueira had 2 back to back losses: one was in September 2012 against Ryan Bader in UFC 119 and another one against Phil Davis in UFC Fight Night 24. Both win was via unanimous decision.

UFC 161 will be headlined by a light heavyweight bout against Dan Henderson versus Rashad Evans. More details about UFC 161 will be announced soon as MMA fans await this summer offering from UFC.

 

“Shogun” Rua Gives Way for Machida for the 205 – Pound Title

As announced, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will not be next in line to fight UFC light heavyweight Dan Henderson. Shogun mentions that he has no ill feelings towards Dana White’s decision; UFC President announced shortly after UFC on Fox 4 that Lyoto Machida will face the winner of Jon Jones’ on September 1 which is a title defense against Dan Henderson.

Rua exclaimed: “I respect the decision.” He was interviewed at the Saturday’s post-fight press conference. He adds: “All four guys were ready to fight for the belt. Lyoto is a tough fighter and he deserves to be the contended right now. Let’s wait for my opportunity.

Rua defeated Brandon Vera in the evening’s headliner at the Staples Center in Los Angeles while Lyoto Machida knocked out Ryan Bader in the co-main event. It was initially announced that Rua and Vera were to fight and was announced as a No.1 contender bout. Rua, who is an all time favorite of bookmakers before the contest was likely to win but Vera managed to come back before he met his finish as the fourth round. Many thought that Vera was a bit overmatched in the game but Rua mentioned that expected nothing less than an excellent fight from his opponent. Rua also mentioned: “Tonight was no surprise. I know Brandon Vera and tonight he proved he has a [big] heart.” The fighter also exclaimed that he trained his best to work hard and win.

Vera suffered back to back losses and has made the decision to move to light heavyweight. However, he was unable to capture the spark that he previously had with his earlier matches of this career.

I want to put on a performance so that no one would ever talk bad about the UFC. I wanted Shogun to know how much I respected him by how hard I was fighting him. I wanted to prove everyone wrong. I’m not done, not by a long shot.” Vera also commented at the post-fight conference that he was doing work against a legend that also inspired him during the fight.

Vera’s fight sadly turned into a defeat but he mentions that he was proud of his performance during the fight. “When the time comes, I would love to do that again with Shogun.” He adds: “For a long time, I started taking my job here in the UFC for granted… This isn’t the end. I’m going to get that damn title shot, one way or another.”

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