'Shogun' hoping to return at UFC's Japan card in September
Mauricio "Shogun" Rua made a name for himself in PRIDE and is hoping to return to Japan for his next fight in the UFC.
It is Mauricio Rua's preference to return to the Octagon in Japan in September.
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By Marc Raimondi
"Shogun" wants to return to the Land of the Rising Sun.
Mauricio Rua, who attained stardom in Japan's PRIDE organization, wants to return to the country for the UFC's event there in September, his manager Eduardo Alonso told UFC Tonight's Eduardo Alonso.
"Shogun" is recovering from a broken nose he received in a knockout loss to Dan Henderson in March and has already started light training. He should resume full training in two weeks.
Rua, 32, is not dead set on fighting in his old stomping grounds (literally) of the Saitama Super Arena. He won't rush back just for the Japan card on Sept. 20, but he'd like to be fit in if he's healthy. "Shogun" has fought in Japan 11 times in his career. He was the 2005 PRIDE middleweight grand prix champion.
The Brazilian plans to stay at light heavyweight "for now" and is very interested in coaching on the next season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil. That probably would not be until next year.
Initially, Rua wanted to fight Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, but Nogueira has been booked to face Anthony Johnson at FOX UFC Saturday on July 26 in San Jose.