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Quote of the Day: Mauricio Rua Wants A Rematch With…Rampage Jackson?


(If it isn’t my old nemesis, “The Knee.” Come to finish me off, have you?)

Well this is interesting. Coming off a razor thin decision loss in a Fight of the Year candidate match with Dan Henderson at UFC 139, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is looking to get back in the 205 lb mix. With many of the division’s elite already tied up with their own fights, the former UFC Light Heavyweight champ finds himself in a difficult position in terms of matchmaking. But according to Rua, there is one specific fight he has his eyes set on, and it’s not the one you would think. Here’s what he recently told Tatame.com:

The fight against Rampage will happen eventually. It’s inevitable and UFC knows it. He won’t retire before fighting me and neither am I (laughs).

As we all know, these two first met back at Pride FC – Total Elimination 2005. Shogun thoroughly dominated Page with a mix of muay Thai knees and soccer kicks, mercilessly finishing him off at 4:47 into the first round.


(Rampage/Rua 1. Fight starts at the 3 minute mark.) 

Other names like Phil Davis, Rich Franklin, and Ryan Bader, who most recently trumped Rampage via UD at UFC 144, were also mentioned as possible future opponents for Rua, but after giving his record a quick once over, it becomes evident why he’s angling for a rematch with Jackson. Simply put, Rua in a rematch scenario is basically money in the bank. In his UFC career, Rua has had three rematches against Mark Coleman, Forrest Griffin, and Lyoto Machida. He won all of those fights by way of (T)KO. Add to that the fact that Rua/Rampage could easily co-headline any PPV card out there, and it’s pretty obvious why he would want this rematch. Granted, he lost to all of those opponents the first time around, whereas he beat Rampage, but you get what we’re saying.

And quite frankly, we’re all for this rematch. Rampage, to put it lightly, looked like shit against Bader. Sure, there are some outside injuries to blame, but just as much of the blame could be placed on Jackson’s lack of motivation. Bader was not an opponent that meant much to Page, and it showed. A Rua rematch, on the other hand, is a fight that Quinton would undoubtedly want to vindicate himself with. Needless to say, if he can’t get amped for that fight, then Jackson has truly run his course in the UFC.

And you guys remember the last time Rampage was seeking vindication, right?

We do.

-J. Jones

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Dagnut- March 1, 2012 at 2:06 am
^^^^I'm a huge Shogun fan first off, so I am right to be disappointed with his preparation for the Henderson fight and the Jones fight..taking his camp back to Brazil was not a good idea and you could clearly see he was carrying extra weight could you not?? In the age of HW's making LHW(Jones) and LHW's making MW(Silva)you can not afford to be carrying anything extra..not a single pound...look at the physique of anyone at MW and tell me Shogun couldn't make 185? I'm following him since the pride days but times have changed, to me he is one of the most naturally gifted fighters I have seen but has consistently let him self down with conditioning..yes he has had a lot of injuries but I don't think his camp prepared him for the Henderson fight well enough..I paid good money to see him at UFC 93 in Dublin... to see him slop around the ring with Mark Coleman...it was laughable..after talking him up to all the people who knew nothing about pride...but he had excuses and I've always stuck with him...have never missed a Shogun fight and never will..I just want to see him at his best before it's too late..fighting a declining Rampage doe nothing for him IMO
Ogre- February 29, 2012 at 9:19 pm
@Dagnut Anyone who disrespects Shogun obviously doesn't understand the sport well enough to appreciate what he's done with his time in it. Don't make yourself look ignorant, I'm sure you're not that dumb in real life.
boober- February 29, 2012 at 2:47 pm
So Shogun joins the the ranks, of Hughs, Griffin, Ortiz, Shamrock ect.. you know, the guys who are done but don't wanna hang up the gloves.
RwilsonR- February 29, 2012 at 11:24 am
Shogun vs Rampage 2? So basically a 99% chance the loser claims a knee injury.
El Guapo- February 29, 2012 at 11:15 am
^Rampage-Shogun rematch, not Ultimate Gay Porn Fighter. Not that there's anyth... Nevermind.
El Guapo- February 29, 2012 at 11:11 am
(Diego face)"YES! YES! YES!"
Roy Nelson by Flying Armbar- February 29, 2012 at 10:22 am
Rampage needs something spectacular or he will inevitably fade off of everyones radar. Go for IT
RB- February 29, 2012 at 10:04 am
Rua v Rampage 1 was one of the worst beat-downs I've ever seen. Ever. It was a like somebody beating up their little brother. Who knows how the next one will turn out, but man... if I was Rampage, I'd stay clear of Shogun.
Fried Taco- February 29, 2012 at 10:00 am
CP writers are reserving judgement until they have finished watching all of Dakota Cochrane's movies. So please be patient, cuz it could take awhile.
xrefused- February 29, 2012 at 9:53 am
I kind of feel like in shape shogun would beat jones down after watching what machida did but only if he got off his back. But that would only be if shogun trained.
xrefused- February 29, 2012 at 9:50 am
I like that someone actually took what Dana white said about gay fighters to heart, that dude beat the shit out of Varner. Shogun would win again, but i wonder if he would just get wrestle fucked by bader
Fletch the V Stretch- February 29, 2012 at 9:43 am
Shogun wants to rematch Rampage because he knows it will be a big pay day due to name power, he can easily destroy Rampage again, and he can use this victory to say he deserves a shot at JJ. In this crazy 205 division he would probably get it. As far as the porn star in TUF, that is gay as hell. MMMK, dey took der jobs..
xrefused- February 29, 2012 at 9:42 am
I wonder if Hermes Franca will take advantage of his back mount in prison
ArmFarmer- February 29, 2012 at 9:41 am
Luckily for the ufc, they just fired Chandella for the same reason. Now they can fire him without appearing that they are discriminating against gays. Of course, that won't stop the onslaught of harassment because they are a protected group. Reason and logic means little to protesters...
BryanF- February 29, 2012 at 9:24 am
Sorry to be off-topic, but its been about a day or so and CP hasn't even mentioned the big news that a competitor on TUF has been outed as a gay pornstar (h t t p://www.bloodyelbow.com/2012/2/29/2832679/UFC-ultimate-fighter-dakota-cochrane-gay-porn#storyjump)

I for one, would love to hear what the liberal, open-minded commenters at CP have to say.
amsterdamheavy- February 29, 2012 at 9:20 am
Why do these two need to fight again? Shogun is up 1-0 and I remember him calling out 'Page after he beat Ninja. AM I missing something?
arthurFonzerelli- February 29, 2012 at 9:19 am
have you guys heard of the gay porn star whos gonna be on TUF? seriously
Fried Taco- February 29, 2012 at 9:06 am
That would have been a good fight for Japan.
Dagnut- February 29, 2012 at 9:06 am
So we can see 2 fat cunts wasting their potential? That sounds like a barrel of laughs
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