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MMAInterviews.tv caught up with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua recently and had a chance to get the former UFC light heavyweight champion’s thought on a few subjects including his UFC 134 win over Forrest Griffin, a possible fight with Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Dan Henderson and who he would like to face if given the choice.
Shogun answered the questions himself utilizing his ever-improving English language skills, which he should be applauded for considering learning a completely different language than your native tongue is very difficult (ask Tito how hard it was to learn interview questions) and it will make him more marketable to those of us who aren’t old PRIDE fans.
Here’s what Shogun had to say…
…about the Griffin fight:
“Forrest is a good fighter, but I trained hard for three months. I’m very happy with this win for my family, my team, my sponsors — everybody. I’m very happy because Forrest is a very good fighter and I lost in 2007. I trained hard. This fight for me was very motivating because I lost to Forrest and my team and I are very happy for this fight.”
…about whether or not he was healthy going into the fight:
“[My body] was very good. I was 100 percent for this fight. I don’t have problems with my knee [any] more. I was 100 percent for this fight.”
…about whether or not he was surprised at how easily he finished Forrest:
“No. This is MMA sport. My gloves [are] very, very small and a punch in the face is normal. I respect Forrest. He’s a very good guy — a good [person], but I’m very happy.”
…about whether or not he’s interested in a fight with Hendo:
“Many people want this fight [with] Henderson. Dan Henderson is a good guy. He’s a legend in MMA. I’m very happy to fight Dan Henderson. I want this fight.”
…about who he wants to fight next:
“I’m a professional fighter. I fight everyone. I don’t know. It’s [up to] my boss. No problem for me.”