Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Former PRIDE Fighting Championship standout Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has reportedly agreed in principle to face newly-crowned UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida at a yet-to-be-announced UFC event this fall.
According to MMA Weekly, sources are stating that the bout would likely take place in either October or November. The news comes as a sort of lack of surprise due to the fact that UFC President Dana White released a photo of Rua visiting the Zuffa offices earlier this week and looked to be signing some sort of contract.
“Shogun” nows looks to be challenging Machida in his first title defense on the hells of top contender Quinton “Rampage” Jackson opting to forego a title shot in order to coach against fellow former champion Rashad Evans on the upcoming tenth season of “The Ultimate Fighter”.
Machida defeated Evans via first-round knockout last weekend at UFC 98 to claim the UFC light heavyweight title. He notched his fifteenth career victory in the process and remains undefeated in both his professional career and inside the UFC.
Since dropping a controversial decision and his UFC light heavyweight title to Forrest Griffin last summer, Jackson has gone on to win two straight fights - a knockout of longtime rival Wanderlei Silva in December and a unanimous decision win over Keith Jardine at UFC 96.
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