Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua vs Mark Coleman UFC 93 fight confirmed Jan. 17



Light heavyweight contender Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (16-3) will return to the Octagon to rematch Mark Coleman (15-8) in a 205-pound showdown at UFC 93 at The O2 in Dublin, Ireland, on January 17, 2009.

"The Hammer" defeated Rua in controversial fashion at PRIDE 31 back in 2006 when an awkward landing broke the Brazilian’s arm less than a minute into the fight. It was a bitter "fluke" loss for the 2005 Pride FC Grand Prix Champion and one that he has been out to avenge ever since it happened.

Rua made his debut with the promotion with much fanfare and promise late last year, being billed as the top 205-pound fighter in the world. He then lost his first match via third round submission (rear naked choke) in an action-packed fight against Forrest Griffin at UFC 76: "Knockout" in September 2007.

Griffin went on to challenge for and win the light heavyweight championship. Meanwhile, Rua had surgery to repair a knee injury, which he then re-injured several months later while training for a fight against Chuck Liddell at UFC 85: "Bedlam" in June that never happened.

He has not competed since the loss to Griffin. And when he does step inside the Octagon against Coleman he will have been on the sidelines for almost a year and a half.

Coleman — the first-ever UFC heavyweight champion and most recent inductee into the promotion's hall of fame — will return to the Octagon for the first time since 1999. He had a semi-successful run in the Pride FC organization, with the highlight of his work overseas being the champion of the first-ever open weight grand prix in 2000.

Since that time, however, the 43-year-old has compiled an average record (4-4), taking on some of the best competitors in the division such as Fedor Emelianenko (two losses), Mirko Cro Cop (loss) and Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira (loss).

Coleman — the "Godfather" of the ground and pound — is a collegiate national wrestling champion for THE Ohio State University and competed in the Olympics in 1992. He was supposed to challenge Brock Lesnar in his return to the promotion in August before his own injury forced him off the card.

UFC 93 features a main event between light heavyweights and former champions Rich Franklin and Dan Henderson. It will air on pay-per-view (PPV) at 10 p.m. ET on fight night.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 28 days ago
  • 25 views

Like Joe Rogan said after the doctor rushed in to check on Mauricio Rua: "It wasn't even a struggle." Jon Jones would barely struggle in any of his fights outside of Alexander Gustafsson, after beati read news >>

  • 20 days ago
  • 13 views

The monumentally hyped light heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier was every bit as gritty and exciting as advertised. Thousands of fans piled into the sold-out MGM Grand Garde read news >>

  • 15 days ago
  • 41 views

Top ranked light heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson looked to earn another shot at the title as he took on undefeated Jimi Manuwa at UFC Fight Night 37 in March 2014. read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 55 views

MMA Fighting has the UFC 182 fight card for the upcoming Jones vs. Cormier event Jan. 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.In the main event, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will def read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 54 views

Hector Lombard and Josh Burkman will go to war this Saturday (Jan. 3, 2015) at UFC 182 inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Between two former champions of other organizations, what ad read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 7 views

Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones and No. 2-ranked division contender, Daniel Cormier, kicked off their fight week promotional duties earlier this evening with a media conference call ahead of the read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 33 views

LAS VEGAS -- UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones spoke to the media Wednesday about his UFC 182 main event fight opposite Daniel Cormier, whether he lied to the Nevada Athletic Commission about read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 13 views

LAS VEGAS -- UFC light heavyweight Daniel Cormier spoke to the media Wednesday about his UFC 182 main event with champion Jon Jones, having his entire AKA team with him during fight week, whether he read news >>

  • 23 days ago
  • 42 views

When UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones squares off against Daniel Cormier on Saturday in the main event of UFC 182, mixed martial arts fans will witness the culmination of months of trash talk read news >>