Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has an interesting interview posted on punchdrunkgamer.com. The interview is about halfway down the page after a talk with brother, Murilo “Ninja” Rua. In the discussion, Shogun talks about the following:
The belief that UFC fighters are better than Pride fighters. He specifically points out UFC light-heavyweight champion, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson:
“It is just coincidence as I have read some things on some websites talking about this subject. That UFC fighters were always better than PRIDE fighters but those people forgot Quinton Jackson. I think that the guy came to the UFC after 3 terrible defeats in PRIDE (to me and Wanderlei Silva twice), now though he has the UFC belt”“
When asked about a return to the ring, Shogun commented:
“I will be back fighting in February or March, I hope so!”
From reading the interview, Shogun definitely sounds reinvigorated and ready to re-establish himself as a top fighter in the MMA world. It is definitely too early to write-off such a dominant fighter. Should Rua be able to put together a couple of impressive wins in 2008, a Shogun vs. Rampage battle could be huge at the end of next year.