Shogun Rua vs. Forrest Griffin II to Take Place in Rio

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Shogun Rua vs. Forrest Griffin II to Take Place in Rio
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In September 2007, Forrest Griffin welcomed newcomer Mauricio Shogun Rua to the UFC in Anaheim at UFC 76.

Rua being a former champion in Pride, was predicted to run through the Ultimate Fighter season 1 winner and quickly return to championship form now in the UFC.

However, Forrest Griffin did not get that memo, as he pulled off a third round submission upset by rear naked choke that would lead him to a title shot against then champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, which he would win as well.

It was claimed that the loss to Rua was due to a lack of cardio as well as a serious knee injury that has bothered him in several fights.

Well, Rua will now get his chance to prove that the last flight was a fluke as UFC President Dana White confirmed early Friday morning that the two will meet once again in a rematch in Brazil in August.

Rua now has plenty of UFC experience under his belt and his knee has been surgically repaired so there should be no excuses for their rematch.

Since their last meeting, Shogun has fought five times, which include two epic fights with Lyoto Machida, as well as TKO victories against two UFC legends in Chuck Liddell and Mark Coleman.

Griffin recently returned at UFC 126 from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for all of 2010. Griffin dominated former Middleweight champion Rich Franklin en route to a unanimous decision victory. He will now look to put his name back into the title picture with a second consecutive win against Rua.

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Rua is looking to regain momentum as he is coming off of a devastating TKO loss to Jon Jones, in which Rua barely laid a finger on the 23 year old new champion.

By the end of the fight, Jones had landed 87 strikes, while Rua just 13. Jones controlled the entire fight and Shogun could not recover after Jones landed a knee and head kick in the first round.

After the loss, Rua stated that he wanted to get right back into the octagon, hoping for an August return to try and erase what happened in March by claiming revenge against Forrest Griffin.

It should be interesting to see how Shogun responds after such a one-sided loss.

The last time Rua lost via TKO, a loss to Mark Coleman at Pride 31 where he suffered a broken arm in the first round, Shogun went on a four fight win streak where he defeated such fighters as Cyrille Diabate, Kevin Randleman and current Strikeforce Heavyweight Allstair Overeem.

UFC 134 in Rio is scheduled for August 27 at the HSBC Arena. This will be the first UFC event held in Brazil since 1998.

The card is shaping up to be one of the best cards of the year, as the main events sees Anderson Silva defend his title against number one contender Yushin Okami.

Also, MMA legend Royce Gracie stated that he would like to fight on that card as well and is expected to be confirmed in the next week or so.

Other Brazilians that could be on the card include Vitor Belfort and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, who has not fought since the devastating knockout loss to now Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.

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