Shogun Rua set to fight in front of his hometown crowd for the third time in his MMA career in UFC 198.
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is set to come home.
According to MMA Fighting, Shogun Rua is eyed to be one of the headliners of UFC 198 on May 14. The fight card will be held at the 40,000-seat capacity Arena da Baixada in Rua’s hometown of Curitiba, Brazil.
From the same report, it is said that Corey Anderson will challenge Rua from the opposite side of the cage in the light-heavyweight bout. Previously, Shogun Rua was initially set to compete against Rashad Evans in UFC on FOX 19, but had to pull out when doctors did not medically clear the 34-year old.
“Shogun had a knee injury for a while, and felt it again training jiu-jitsu,” Rua’s coach Rafael Cordeiro told MMA Fighting a week ago about Rua’s injury. “He went to the UFC doctor to check and continued training, but the UFC contacted him and cancelled the fight. Shogun said he would still fight despite the injury, but the UFC called and decided to cancel. That came directly from Lorenzo [Fertitta]. Lorenzo saw the exams, saw it was an old injury, and the UFC decided to remove him from the fight. He’s out of this one.”
Rua is currently holding a 23-10 (won-lost) record and has not fought since winning over Rogeiro Noguiera in UFC 190.
The card will be headlined by the UFC heavyweight title match between Fabricio Werdum vs. Stipe Miocic.
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