I don’t know what the fuck is up with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. It seems like the last two years of his life his body has been on a mission to betray him at every turn. First his arm snaps in half fighting Mark Coleman. Then his knee explodes … twice. I wonder what could be causing all these constant problems? Hmmmm.
Anyways, the long and short of the story is that Shogun ain’t gonna be fighting again any time soon, and that scraps the Iceman vs Shogun fight. Which sucks, because that’s the fight everyone wanted to see too. And now the search is on for an appropriate replacement. I’d have more faith in the UFC if the last time they were in a pickle they served Jardine up as a decent opponent for Liddell (the fact that Jardine won doesn’t make it any less lame of a booking). But maybe the result of that debacle plus the Lesnar vs Coleman matchup means they’ve learned from their mistakes.
Here’s a couple options as to who could replace Rua:
Dan Henderson: He’s pretty much the only top 10 light heavyweight fighter not already booked or injured. Although one has to wonder how well it’d sell considering Hendo has just lost two in a row, never mind another jump between the weight classes.
Ricardo Arona: This guy has been sitting on the sidelines since PRIDE went under. Everyone was expecting him to be fighting for DREAM or World Victory Road … the fact that he’s not makes me think he may be close to signing with the UFC.
Vitor Belfort: He wants back into the UFC, and it’s a battle that’d sell in the UK. Vitor’s been punting around there since he broke a suspension in the US. So as far as a one fight deal goes, it’s not a bad one.