Mauricio Shogun Rua Eyes Rematch With Forrest Griffin

mauricio shogun rua

mauricio shogun rua

Fresh off a stunning first round knockout of Chuck Liddell at UFC 97, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua talks about wanting a rematch with Forrest Griffin to the Brazilian website Tatame.

“Since the start I was very motivated, and it was important. I’ve trained hard, very focused, more prepared physically and mentally, so I got there ready to show my work and everything I’ve trained … Actually, I haven’t had fight well in the UFC, so I knew I needed to show my potential to the American fans, and it all depended on me. I wasn’t easy, but I could show them… I’ll train even more to keep this focus”.

“Nobody spoke yet (about my next fight), but my goal is to win the next one. I’m already focused for the next fight. I’ll fight anyone, but a rematch (with Forrest Griffin) would be welcome. He’s a good fighter and it’d be a good fight. I’ll fight anyone, but it’d be cool to fight him again, I’d love it”.

“The truth is that Anderson did the right thing, he fought well and didn’t get too much exposed. If he goes inside from the beginning, Thales would have more chances, and Thales waited for Anderson. Anderson managed his goal, the victory” [Tatame]

Shogun was choked out by Forrest Griffin in the last 15 seconds of there fight at UFC 76 “Knockout”. The submission came at the end of a terrible performance for Rua in his UFC debut.


  1. dane drebin

    April 20, 2009 at 8:44 am

    Now that he's back in shape i think a fight between him and forrest would be awesome. the rolls might be reversed seein as forrest is just healing up from an injury. i bet its more likely that shogun will face jardine or luiz cain seeing as they are the only top light heavioes without fights comming up. forrest is allready suppose to fight thiago silva when he's healed.

  2. Texican

    April 20, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    i'd rather see a rematch of Rampage vs Shogun 2 than with Forrest. i've been itchin to see that rematch since the ol pride days.

  3. clay

    April 20, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    As a Rampage fan, I'm scared of a rematch with Shogun or any matchup with someone who kicks alot and uses knees.

  4. derek

    April 20, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    who will franklin fight if he beats wandy maybe shogun?

  5. derek

    April 20, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    or franklin vs brandon vera?

  6. dane drebin

    April 20, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    i think shogun would be a very bad matchup for franklin unless franklins learned to defend the thai clinch it would go very similiar to when he faught anderson silva. in a 5 round fight franklin might have a better chance if he could get it to the later rounds because his cardio is never a question but i doubt he would make it there.

  7. steve

    April 20, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    agree with the match up thing dane and I wouldnt mind seeing forrest vs Shogun or rampage vs shogun. they both sound good to me.

  8. roy

    April 21, 2009 at 4:33 am

    i would love to see forrest fight a heathy shogun, shogun did alot of damgae to forrest with one leg image with two, forrest would get hurt.

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