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Old 03-05-2009, 08:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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New Shogun Interview

http://tatame.com/2009/03/05/Mauricio-Shogun

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The best light heavyweight fighter in the world at 2007, Maurício “Shogun” Rua had complicated moments since the end of the Pride. Facing two surgeries, the fighter debuted in the UFC with a loss to Forrest Griffin, but came back and defeated Mark Coleman by knockout, at UFC 93. Despite the performance below expectations, Shogun knows that he’ll have to prepare even stronger for Chuck Liddell, former champion, at UFC 97. In an exclusive interview to TATAME.com, the fighter spoke about the preparation, the fight against Coleman and the training with Wanderlei Silva.



How is the preparation for Chuck Liddell?



I’m training hard and very focused, thank God. I have to be well trained and focused to face him, and that is what I'm doing. I’m doing much Boxing, Wrestling, my complete training, everything that involves the MMA. Fight is fight, of course I’m making my plan of fight, but we're still building the strategy.



Wanderlei Silva has invited you to train with him for this fight... You've been to Las Vegas?



Wanderlei is a great friend. I was in Las Vegas for a week and we spoke a lot, and I just won’t go there before the fight because it is in Montreal. If (the fight) were in Las Vegas, I would stay with his team, so we could train and help each other.



He made a great fight with Liddell at the end of 2007. He gave you some tips for this fight?



We talked about this and he said that Liddell is a good fighter, hits hard, but said that, if I go there focused and with gas, I win this fight.



What did you think of your fight against Mark Coleman?



Of course I was happy with the victory, but I wasn’t happy with my performance. I can be better than I was in this fight. I wasn’t happy with my performance and I will turn this around, give the best of me in the next (against Liddell). I know my potential and I know where I can go, I wasn’t happy.



Do you think a victory against Liddell can take you closer to the belt?



I don’t think about the belt now, I only think in Liddell, he deserves respect. I just think in this fight. Surely this is a fight that will put me forward, but I don’t believe in belt yet.



Wanderlei dropped from class and will face Rich Franklin... How do you think it will be this fight?



They are two good strikers and I think Wandeco will be nice in this category. He will lose few weights to fight at 195lbs and will do great in this category. I think it will be a tough fight. Rich is a good striker, also Wanderlei... It will be a tough fight, but I think that Wanderlei wins.
I love the way he sounds in this interview very focused. He doesn't seem happy with his last performance and he's seems very focused on this fight.

I wish he would do training with Wandy but considering Dida and Veio train in Canada it would be a bit of a slap in the face to his close friends if he didn't go to Evolucao Thai I guess.
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http://tatame.com/2009/03/05/Mauricio-Shogun I love the way he sounds in this interview very focused. He doesn't seem happy with his last performance and he's seems very focused on this fight. I wish he would do training with Wandy but considering Dida and Veio train in Canada it would be a bit of a slap in the face to his close friends if he didn't go to Evolucao Thai I guess.
Shogun seems like a very humble dude.. I'm glad that he is very focused on this fight because he should be.. However, I don't beleive that if he does win the fight he gets a title shot Its just not possible..
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Man I hope he is focused on this fight and his gas tank. I'm going to pick Shogun to win this. I hope I'm not wrong...
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Im rooting for Lidell but Shogun does seem like a really cool guy. If he comes in with a gas tank I predict a good fight that goes to a close decision but if he shows up with no gas he is going to get knocked out big time.
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