There are four fighters who could potentially get a light heavyweight title shot after UFC on Fox 4 is over, but everyone seems to be aiming directly at one person as the most likely candidate.

The criteria set forth by UFC president Dana White is whoever is most impressive during the Saturday night fight card will get the next crack at the 205-pound champion.

Most assume it’s Mauricio “Shogun” Rua who has the easiest path to the title shot, and so the questions are already coming at him rapid fire as if he’s already earned it.

But when you hear the tone in his voice and the direction in which he answers, he’s clearly not happy that everyone seems to be looking past his opponent, Brandon Vera.

Sure, Vera is 1-2-1 in his last four fights and hasn’t been a top ten light heavyweight at any point in his career. It’s true Vera wasn’t the first choice for the main event for the UFC on Fox show, and there were more than a few protesters to the idea that he even got the fight, much less those people entertaining the idea that he could win.

Rua on the other side is a legend of MMA. A former UFC champion, a former Pride Grand Prix champion, and consistently one of the most dangerous fighters in the division, Rua has been placed as a heavy favorite going into his bout with Vera. The Brazilian veteran warns those that would look past Vera, however, that as soon as you start believing your own hype, your whole world comes crashing down around you.

“This guy deserves the chance in the UFC because he has a great background in the UFC, and we must respect this. He fought in two different divisions, fought some tough guys, so I think the guy deserves respect. We can’t think that way that the guy doesn’t deserve the chance,” Rua told MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday.

“It can be a little dangerous to think I’m the favorite or this guy is the underdog, it’s like a trap. We must be focused in my game and my strategy and that’s the concern I have.”

It’s with a scowl that Shogun then answers the questions about the title shot. It’s hard to ignore because it is such a grand prize hanging over the heads of the fighters at this event, but Rua doesn’t want to even talk about that because if he loses to Brandon Vera none of that even matters.

He says it’s not really a distraction however because the only thing on his mind is the fight.

“It doesn’t matter. It’s not a distraction for me because I’m still focused like I was a month or two months ago. For me it’s important to win the fight, after that then I can think about the future. Right now, I’m just focused on Brandon Vera on Saturday,” said Rua.

When the fight is over and his hand is raised, then Rua will gladly talk about Jon Jones, Dan Henderson, and the light heavyweight title fight, but to get there he first has to get past Brandon Vera.

“I’m not thinking about the belt. My main goal this weekend is to beat Vera, then in the future I’ll start thinking about the belt. I’m still aggressive, I don’t change my plan, and I fight looking for the knockout. I want to give my fans a show,” said Shogun.

“With a huge victory it will be my ticket to the belt again.”

Follow @DamonMartin on Twitter or e-mail Damon Martin.
For more
UFC News and UFC Rumors, follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter and Facebook.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC Fight Night 88 Results: 5 Burning Questions Heading into UFC 199

  • 25 days ago
  • 21 views

UFC Fight Night 88 is in the books. The results are as follows (c/o Bleacher Report's own Craig Amos): Main Card on Fox Sports 1 Cody Garbrandt def. Thomas Almeida, knockout (Round 1, 2:53) Jeremy St read news >>

Michael Bisping Says Half the UFC Roster Are Pu**ies (UFC 199 Video)

  • 23 days ago
  • 51 views

Michael Bisping believes that taking the fight with Luke Rockhold on short notice has only helped him, takes a shot at half the UFC roster. read news >>

Dan Henderson: I Could Be Persuaded to Retire (UFC 199 Video)

  • 22 days ago
  • 10 views

At 45 years of age, Dan Henderson has been fielding questions about possibly retiring for several years. He now appears ready to entertain the idea. read news >>

UFC 199 Q&A with Flyweight Champ Demetrious Johnson Video Replay

  • 21 days ago
  • 8 views

Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson fielded questions from the fans prior to the official UFC 199: Rockhold vs. Bisping 2 weigh-in on Friday at The Forum in Los Angeles. read news >>

UFC 199 Results: 5 Burning Questions Heading into UFC Fight Night 89

  • 18 days ago
  • 18 views

UFC 199 is in the books. The results are as follows: UFC 199 Main Card Michael Bisping def. Luke Rockhold, TKO (Round 1, 3:36) Dominick Cruz def. Urijah Faber, unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 49-46 read news >>

Michael Bisping's Tired Homophobia Just the Latest in MMA's Culture Problem

  • 18 days ago
  • 61 views

(Warning: Many of the links below contain NSFW language and/or audio.) At UFC 199, long-time UFC veteran Michael Bisping ended Luke Rockhold's brief tenure as middleweight champion with a knockout in read news >>

Dhiego Lima Looking for a Knockout at Titan FC 39, a UFC Return in 2016

  • 16 days ago
  • 8 views

Dhiego Lima believes that a knockout at Titan FC 39 and another strong performance could put him back in the Octagon. read news >>

Joe Rogan Believes Ronda Rousey Thought She Was Special, And Fell Victim to Hollywood ‘Traps’

  • 9 days ago
  • 142 views

UFC commentator Joe Rogan believes former women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey thought she was special and fell victim to Hollywood 'traps.' read news >>

10 Burning Questions Heading into UFC 200 Triple-Header

  • 4 days ago
  • 62 views

UFC Fight Night 89 is in the books. The results are as follows (h/t B/R's own Craig Amos): Fight Night 89 Main Card Stephen Thompson def. Rory MacDonald, unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 48-47) Dona read news >>

Will Ronda Rousey ever rebound from Holly Holm loss? (Yahoo Sports)

  • 2 days ago
  • 39 views

From Yahoo Sports: Rousey's disappearing act since her defeat leaves questions as to where she's at mentally and whether we'll ever see her fight again. read news >>