Shogun: I Want My Title Back
Shogun Rua is certainly a legend in the sport, and has many accolades to show for that. The 2005 PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rua recently interviewed with Yahoo! Sports, and let the world know what his focus was: getting the belt back from current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Jon Jones.
Kevin Iole: I am going to ask a question for Shogun. How long did it take for you to recover from your injuries in the Dan Henderson fight.
Shogun Rua: That was a very tough fight but after a week or two of resting I was okay. Some people said I have some broken bones but I didn’t, that wasn’t true. It was a brutal fight and it took more time to recover mentally than any injury.
KI: What skills do you have that Brandon Vera doesnt have?
SR: It is difficult to look at opponents now and look at one skill over another because everyone is well rounded. I think, skill wise, maybe I have better BJJ than Vera.
KI: How do you think a rematch with Jon Jones would play out?
SR: That’s the fight I want. I want my title back. I think he is much easier to study Jon Jones now… last time the guy was a brand new style in the UFC. Now we’ve seen him fight other guys and have more information what he’s going to do in the Octagon. I am working towards beating him in a rematch.
KI: Who’s hit you the hardest in your career?
SR: Jon Jones for aggression and Dan Henderson has the heavier hands.
KI: Why did Dana say you would rather be cut than fight Glover? Where did the disconnect between your camp and the UFC come from to mix the story up that badly?
SR: I don’t know where the information came from. Right now, Glover isn’t well known or ranked and has a long road ahead of him. With all respect, a win over him wouldn’t have got me closer to the belt and getting the belt back is my only focus.
KI: Dana said if you look impressive, you get the next title shot. What is your response to that?
SR: I was very excited to hear that from Dana. From what I understand I have to be impressive and that is very motivating for me to put on a huge victory and beat Brandon Vera.
KI: Do you expect a muay thai battle with Vera or do you think he’ll try to take you down?
SR: It will be a great Maut Thai war!
KI: What keeps you motivated after tough losses to Jones and Henderson??
SR: I think the fight with Henderson should have been a draw but, that’s okay. It was close. But I really want a rematch with Jones because I can do so much better than i did the first fight.
KI: what is your opinion on Alistair Overeem and his evolution since you fought him 5 years ago?
(Ed note: Shogun knocked Overeem out, twice, both in the first round)
SR: He always has good kickboxing and wrestling. The biggest difference is the size of his body…
KI: At this point in your career, what are you most afraid of?
SR: No. I’m not afraid of anything or anyone.
KI: How much longer do you see yourself continuing to fight?
SR: Another six, seven years I think.
Rua lost his belt to Jones at UFC 128 and looks to get one step closer to taking it back this Saturday at UFC on FOX 4 where he will face Brandon Vera in the headlining bout.
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