Should Shogun Rua Be Given a Second Shot at the Title with a Win at UFC 134?

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Should Shogun Rua Be Given a Second Shot at the Title with a Win at UFC 134?
MONTREAL- MAY 8: Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua (L) looks at Lyoto Machida in their light heavyweight bout at UFC 113 at Bell Centre on May 8, 2010 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

UFC 134 is just four days away, and two former champions, Shogun Rua and Forest Griffin, will once again have a chance to redeem the light heavyweight championship strap. 

But most fans and pundits still debate whether Shogun should be given a second shot at the championship belt with a win against Griffin at the upcoming mixed martial arts event on August 27, 2011, at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Jainero, Brazil.

Some MMA rankings still consider Shogun as the No. 2 light heavyweight fighter in the world, followed by Rashad Evans, who is bidding for a title shot. And many believes that, if Rampage Jackson should win against current champion Jon Jones, a fight against Rampage and Shogun is the most likely one.

However, if Jones managed to retain his belt, the more likely scenario is Evans vs. Jones, due to the way the champion beat Shogun during their last fight.

Another factor to be considered is the fifth man in most rankings, Lyoto Machida. Many are saying that he is still a viable candidate for a title shot. If this is the case, then a rematch between him and Rashad should be considered, since both fighters have fought already, with the former winning via knockout.

Whatever the case might be, a title shot will surely be awarded based on how Shogun manages to win his fight against Griffin, who is also someone who should not be looked upon. Should he defeat Forest in a spectacular fashion, then a title shot is probably more likely to happen.   

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