Liddell’s vs. Shogun A Possibly?

mauricio shogun rua

Mauricio shogun rua

In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell stated that his next opponent is likely Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Just trying to throw you off your game. So what’s next for you? Have you been told your next opponent?

Liddell: Possibly Mauricio “Shogun” Hua. That’s what they’re saying. If it’s the June fight, it will probably be in London. But my trainer is trying to get it moved to Vegas. Too far. (Liddell is based in San Luis Obispo, Calif.)


  1. roy

    February 1, 2008 at 3:30 am

    thats a fight that i would love to see forget about jardine for now

  2. vic

    February 1, 2008 at 5:34 am

    yay, i can't wait to see this one.

  3. derek

    February 1, 2008 at 6:05 am

    agreed. jardin needs to fight rashad evans. i would love to see rua vs lidell.

  4. roy

    February 1, 2008 at 6:21 am

    looks like its a done deal

    Today, caught up with the Brazilian who confirmed that the fight was indeed on and that he looks forward to avenging the loss of Wanderlei Silva (Liddell defeated Silva via unanimous decision at UFC 79: “Nemesis” in December 2007):

    Here’s the snip from Shogun (roughly translated):

    “I confirmed that fight yesterday. Everything is agreed for June and I hope to make this a huge fight and represent my good team … For sure I’m going to avenge Wanderlei … he passed by Curitiba for a short time and then left to his city, but we got to get together and talk. We are going to make an exchange, but i don’t know when thats going to happen. Everything depends on the strategy my team has for this fight…. [Chuck] has a very good boxing and wrestling team. Liddell’s game is more standing, but it can be an error trying to take him down because it requires a lot of strength. I am going to try to improve my tactics with Alejo Morales, my brother and the rest of the team, but I can exchange with him and finish this fight standing.”

  5. Brandon

    February 1, 2008 at 6:43 am

    Sick fight, although shogun is all around th much better fight he will have to be weary of liddells power…either way should be a grta fight

  6. dane drebin

    February 1, 2008 at 8:09 am

    only a stupid person would bet on this fight… i think shogun will be motivated after his loss and coem back looking awesome and i think the motivated chuck that we saw in his last fight will show up too should be awesome but it all depends on which shogun and which lidell sho up come fight time

  7. roy

    February 1, 2008 at 9:03 am

    i feel shogun will win but you never know chucks got alot of power in those punches but either way it should be a good fight.

  8. kom34

    February 1, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    i dont think i've ever seen chuck in a ground fight and you know at some point this one is going to the ground. it should be good.

  9. dane drebin

    February 1, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    in a chuck lidell fight u never know if the fight is gunna go to the ground. chuck has arguably the best takedown defense in the game, and shogun isnt known for the best takedowns. im not saying it wont hit the ground but its definetly not a for sure thing

  10. dredlokrasta

    February 1, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    Chuck just has to watch out for them kicks!! Remember how Jardine swole Chuck's body up with em. If he is too tentative, Shogun could very well have the best of Chuck that night.

  11. dredlokrasta

    February 1, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    He as in Chuck, if Chuck is too tentative/cautious.

  12. tom

    February 2, 2008 at 6:37 am

    if chuck wins he is back and is the number one guy… silva vs jardine hahaha that would be tight…

  13. Brandon

    February 2, 2008 at 7:01 am

    If Chuck wins he is the number one contender no doubt about it…Chuck for sure has an unreal sprawling ability but if shogun can somhow take him down (set up with well timed kicks and good footwork) i think shogun can either submit him or win by ground and pound…Shogun can not get hit by the big punch that is his main concern…wqhen is this fight taking place, anyone know?

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