Maurico ‘Shogun’ Rua suffered a tough loss against Jon Jones at the weekend, not only losing the UFC light-heavyweight title, but also being dominated in a way that he’s never experienced previously in his long and decorated career.
Despite that he still remains one of the top 205lb fighters in the world though, so what comes next for the Brazilian?
One thing’s for sure, Shogun is a born fighter and will be looking to get back into the Octagon sooner rather than later. In fact he’s already confirmed as much on his twitter page after the fight.
“Hi guys, thank you for all your support. I will try harder and come back better,” he said (translated from Portuguese).
As far as his next fight goes, there’s several potential opponents currently occupying the upper reaches of the light-heavyweight ladder that would fit in with the UFC’s current schedule.
Personally I’d love to see a rematch of the infamous PRIDE showdown in 2005 between Shogun and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (assuming Lil Nog can get past Phil Davis this Saturday night which will be easier said than done).
Shogun won on that occasion but it was close and is still regarded as one of the classic fights of that era.
Another rematch with Forrest Griffin could also be on the cards. Griffin pulled off an upset submission win in their first meeting back in 2007, and with Griffin currently without a fight this would be as good a time as any for a second helping.
If the UFC aren’t keen on a rematch then Rich Franklin, who doesn’t have an opponent at this moment in time, could prove to be a suitable alternative.
They are both coming off a loss, each is 3-3 in their last six fights and they also share relatively recent wins over hall-of-famer Chuck Liddell.