Many individuals have been stunned when UFC heavyweight and lightweight heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier instructed MMA Junkie that he would contemplate giving former 205-pound titleholder Maurico “Shogun” Rua a title shot — ought to Rua put forth an spectacular victory in his struggle at UFC Hamburg.
Alexander Gustafsson was anticipated to get the subsequent title alternative ought to he defeat Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 227, however Cormier stated he’s reluctant to face Gustafsson except he does one thing spectacular on Aug. four — their first struggle at UFC 192 did not draw effectively on pay-per-view.
Cormier additionally stated as a result of Rua is a former champion and a legend within the sport, Rua deserves the chance to face him in his ultimate struggle at 205 kilos earlier than Cormier retires subsequent March.
“I acquired very completely happy at Cormier’s assertion for apparent causes as a result of my dream is to have the ability to struggle for the belt and win the belt once more,” Rua instructed Sporting Information by means of an interpreter. “However on the similar time, I do know that my alternatives and success rely on each struggle. I must maintain successful fights for factor to occur. And proper now, I’ve a really robust struggle forward of me towards Anthony Smith. He’s a really robust fighter and it will be silly to consider the rest proper now.”
Initially, Rua was scheduled to headline this card towards Oezdemir, however the previous light-heavyweight title challenger acquired shifted to UFC 227. For a brief time frame, the Brazilian did not have an opponent.
“I really acquired somewhat fearful for short time as a result of for a quick whereas, issues weren’t taking place for a discovering a alternative fighter,” Rua stated. “Nothing had been set in stone but. I acquired fearful for a short while, however that did not final lengthy as a result of quickly sufficient Anthony Smith took the decision and factor labored out and I used to be motivated once more for the struggle.”
Between December 2012 and November 2014, Rua misplaced 4 of 5 fights. It appeared his greatest days have been behind him and a title shot was in his rearview mirror, however “Shogun” has gone on a profession resurgence, reeling off three consecutive wins.
How did the MMA legend go from being shut to retirement to now being on the verge of one thing nobody thought might occur three half of years in the past?
“It was a mixture of issues,” Rua defined. “I feel the coaching and most of all, my expertise. I feel I contemplate myself an skilled fighter now-a-days. And people combos of issues have been capable of deal with the conditions that I’ve confronted myself and every little thing else. It’s come in useful and has actually helped me.”