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Old 06-13-2012, 01:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Shogun Rua Taking High Road Following Dana White Revelation

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Jun 13, 2012 - Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and his team are done talking about UFC 149 and Glover Teixeira.

Less than a week after UFC president Dana White said on the UFC on FX 3 post-fight show that Rua told him he would rather be cut from the UFC rather than fight Teixeira at UFC 149, his manager Julio Heller told MMAFighting.com that they would have no further comment on the situation.

"We want to look to the future," he said, "not the past."

Heller had no interest in getting into public he said, she said argument with White, noting several times that, "We have respect for Dana White and his opinion." He said Rua was content with the way things played out in the end following Thiago Silva's injury, as the promotion announced last week Rua would face Brandon Vera in the main event of UFC on FOX 4 on Aug. 4.

When asked whether Rua really said he would rather be cut than face the Teixiera, Heller only laughed and said, "What do you think?"

The 32-year-old Teixeira (18-2) won his Octagon debut last month when he submitted Kyle Kingsbury in 1:53 at UFC 146. The UFC has yet to announce what's next for him.
They're doing the sensible thing here, we don't care who you believe, we're not going to have a public argument because Dana can't keep his mouth shut.

Bolded part says it all.

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Old 06-13-2012, 01:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Lol well if i was Rua i wouldnt want to engage in a verbal warfare either. Why get in a war with someone with more ammunition. This is the best way off letting the whole thing die out and keeping Dana White mouth shut. If he responded aggressively then chances are Dana would air out some more dirty laundry and its obvious Shogun doesnt want that. He knows ducking opponents isnt going to be good for his image, publicly and in the locker rooms.
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Old 06-13-2012, 01:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Smart response by Shogun and his team. I also like the fact they aren't fanning the flames and making it a bigger issue.
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Old 06-13-2012, 01:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I think the more important statement is that they are "looking to the future". It reads as if it's just about the issue at hand, but it's pretty obvious that's the entire reason they didn't want a high risk/low pay off fight.

I'm not a Shogun fan. He tends to fight people who I cheer for, so by default I'm usually on the other side of the fence when he's fighting. Having said that, there are guys that I cheer louder for, that I carry less respect for than I do Shogun. The man is a stand up person, and I think he's earned the right to dictate his career at least a bit. Especially since, whether his fans like it not, he's without question on the downhill side of his career.
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Old 06-13-2012, 02:25 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Dana took to the presses to cast doubt on Shogun's credibility. This works for Dana twofold because it makes a name fighter look afraid of someone who doesn't have a name yet in America and it helps put leverage on the Rua camp when it comes to negotiations. It's basically Dana throwing a public tantrum and mudslinging after not getting his way. What do you think Dana will bring up when they go to negotiate a new contract for Shogun? Not the great fights he put on with Lyoto and Hendo, the KO's of Chuck and Lyoto, nope. He'll bring up the turning down of the Glover fight.

Shogun wants big pay fights and credible wins that will propel him to the championship, Glover wouldn't have given him anything. Losing a war to Glover doesn't work in his favor like losing to Henderson did. Coming out of the Henderson fight Shogun looked just as much a winner as Dan, especially with so many people heralding it as one of the greatest fights of all time.
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I think the more important statement is that they are "looking to the future". It reads as if it's just about the issue at hand, but it's pretty obvious that's the entire reason they didn't want a high risk/low pay off fight.

I'm not a Shogun fan. He tends to fight people who I cheer for, so by default I'm usually on the other side of the fence when he's fighting. Having said that, there are guys that I cheer louder for, that I carry less respect for than I do Shogun. The man is a stand up person, and I think he's earned the right to dictate his career at least a bit. Especially since, whether his fans like it not, he's without question on the downhill side of his career.
exactly and following his war w/Henderson, it's insane to suggest the guy is ducking anyone. He wants what's best for his career, people didn't seem to have a problem when Henderson made the same suggestion but then Henderson was on a bit more of a roll at this point. Still I think Shogun has earned his stripes and is thinking about his future and recognises time is not on his side and peaking down, don't dislike what Shogun has done at all. Maybe if he was the champ though I'd have different feelings.
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Shogun Believes The Vera Fight ‘Should Please All The Fans’ | UFC News
June 13th, 2012 8:27 AM

By Jamie McAllister
Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua in an interview with FightersOnly.
Shogun comments on his new opponent Brandon Vera after his original opponent Thiago Silva withdrew from the fight due to injury.
“Brandon Vera is a very dangerous fighter, has a sharpened Muay Thai and has already defeated great names inside the UFC. After so many changes, I hope I can train well focused on this opponent and I believe the fight will involve much trading on the feet, it should please all the fans,”
Shogun also comments on training in Curitiba close to his home and family. He also comments on training with Wanderlei Silva.
“I am taking advantage of Wanderlei Silva, who also is training with us here in Curitiba, for his fight at the end of June. We are in an intense rhythm. It is important that each one look to exploit the maximum of one another in the training.”
Shogun’s coach Andre Dida comments on Shogun as well as the new additions made to his team.
“Shogun lives a very good new phase of his career, he is so much motivated and very focused. For this duel, we have new blood in the team. Serginho Moraes – three time BJJ world champion and TUF Brazil contestant – is the newest guy responsible for the ground training,”
Shogun recently parted with long time manager Eduardo Alonso and his image management is now handled by Seven Entretenimento company and his legalities and general advice are undertaken by Julio Heller is the new manager of the former champion. Heller and Seven are responsable for social networking, public relationship, marketing and sponsorship.
“All this change came to add into my career. I am very motivated because now there is a person responsible for each area and I have a lot of time to be focused on the fights,” said Shogun.
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