Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.
After almost a year of inactivity, former PRIDE standout Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is currently targeting a potential return to action in December. His opponent for the UFC’s annual pre-New Year’s Eve show may be an old foe - none other than former UFC heavyweight champion Mark Coleman.
Rua expressed his desire to fight Coleman and even went as far to say that a bout between the two is currently in talks to take place at the end of this year with Brazilian magazine Tatame. “I might face Coleman in December, but nothing has been signed yet,” Rua said in a recent article.
The two originally faced each other at PRIDE 31: Dreamers in February 2006. Coleman was declared the winner after less than a minute after “Shogun” broke his arm while being taken down to the mat. After the bout a brawl ensued between members of Coleman and Rua’s respective camps. Phil Baroni and Wanderlei Silva exchanged blows and Coleman even stomped on Silva’s face at one point. An apology from Hammer House to Chute Boxe was unaccepted and bad blood between the two teams remains.
Both are also coming off injuries. Rua’s scheduled showdown against Chuck Liddell for June was called off after Rua suffered a ruptured ACL in his left knee. Coleman was signed to take on fellow standout wrestler Brock Lesnar next month but withdrew from the bout due to a torn MCL. A Rua-Coleman matchup would likely narrow down the list of future opponents for new 205 lb. champion Forrest Griffin, who will now likely face the winner of Chuck Liddell vs. Rashad Evans’ fall bout at the end of the year.
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