Shogun Rua blasts Brandon Vera with a knee at UFC on Fox 4Jon Jones. Jon Jones. Jon Jones.

It seems nearly every time the UFC light heavyweight division comes up, no matter who is fighting, 205-pound champ Jon Jones takes front and center.

Well, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is having none of it. Yes, he turned down a fight with Jones. No, he’s not thinking about getting a shot at him.

Shogun has enough to think about. He’ll have rocketing Swede Alexander Gustafsson standing across from him at UFC on Fox 5 on Saturday night in Seattle. He can’t afford to look beyond “The Mauler” or he’ll get mauled.

“It’s important to take (everything) step-by-step right now and I’m focusing on this fight,” Shogun commented recently. “Everything can change after that. Right now, (it’s all) about the fight against Gustafsson.”

Try as he might, however, Shogun still gets circled back to Jones.

The Brazilian has no qualms about fighting Jones again, despite losing his UFC light heavyweight title belt to the now-champion at UFC 128 early last year. He also has no qualms, however, about turning down the opportunity to fight him again this year.

Jones had been scheduled to face Dan Henderson at UFC 151 on Sept. 1 in Las Vegas, but Henderson fell out of the bout at the last minute due to injury. The UFC was unsuccessful in securing a new opponent for Jones and subsequently took the unprecedented step of cancelling the event.

Shogun was one of the fighters offered the shot at Jones, but he was unprepared, and thus, unwilling to accept it.

“I was off – totally off training – when the UFC invite me to fight against Jones,” explained Shogun. “Everybody knew that I was off those two weeks after my fight against (Brandon) Vera. So I am satisfied. I told the UFC that I just need six weeks, but I was explaining that (two weeks) is not enough time.”

Shogun had just defeated Brandon Vera on Aug. 4 in a tough fight at UFC on Fox 4. The two battled hard into the fourth round before Shogun finally scored the TKO victory just past the four-minute mark of the round.

It wasn’t an easy fight, and after spending two weeks of down time to recover, he just wasn’t going to be prepared for the perplexing puzzle that is Jon Jones.

That’s okay by Shogun. He’s now working his way back into title contention by facing one of the hottest prospects on the planet in Alexander Gustafsson.

And if you ask him, Shogun did the right thing be stepping away from the short-notice bout against Jones and into the fray against a young tiger like Gustafsson because he’s now prepared, firing on all cylinders.

“I’m in a wonderful place for the Gustafsson fight. Everything’s running okay. The schedule hasn’t change; there’s no injuries,” Shogun declared. “So we’re almost done. I’m ready for this fight.

“I think this is a fight that every fan wants to see because both (of us) look for the knockout.”

Gustafsson has only slipped up once in his career, losing via submission to Phil Davis two and a half years ago. He’s been a terminator ever since.

His most recent bouts have seen him get the best of Thiago Silva, Vladimir Matyushenko, and Matt Hamill, among others. If he gets past Shogun, Gustafsson is right at the top of the list to vie for Jones’ belt.

A past loss to Jones and declining the opportunity to rematch him just a few short months ago doesn’t mean that Shogun wants out of the picture. A former Pride and UFC champion, the Brazilian wants nothing more than to strap that belt back around his own waist.

But that’s just it. He didn’t want to jump on an opportunity he wasn’t prepared for. He wanted the odds to be back in his favor to have a legitimate shot at regaining the gold.

And what better preparation than the test of the young Swede that many say has all the tools and physical traits to give Jones a true run for his money?

Stay tuned to for all the latest UFC on Fox 5 news and fight coverage.

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

Related News

Dan Henderson wishes he'd fought Jon Jones, but won't do it if he beats Michael Bisping at UFC 204

  • 19 days ago

There isn’t much that Dan Henderson hasn’t accomplished in the sport of MMA. So far, the only thing that’s eluded him is an undisputed UFC title. Filed under: Featured, Featured Videos, News, UFC, Vi read news >>

Jon Jones hearing with Nevada Commission delayed until at least November

  • 17 days ago

Jon Jones is still suspended pending a full hearing with the Nevada Commission read news >>

Jon Jones Doping Violation Hearing Postponed |

  • 17 days ago

Jon Jones' anti-doping case will not go before the Nevada Athletic Commission on Oct. 10 as planned. read news >>

Jon Jones, Nate Diaz, Brock Lesnar push off NSAC, but Conor McGregor’s hearing set

  • 16 days ago

Conor McGregor – and/or his duly appointed representative – will go before the Nevada State Athletic Commission to answer for a news conference fracas in connection with his rematch against Nate Diaz read news >>

UFC 204's Ovince Saint Preux: Loss to Jon Jones proved 'what I'm capable of' at 205

  • 15 days ago

MANCHESTER, England – Ovince Saint Preux is taking the most notable loss of his career in stride. He said his UFC 197 interim title fight defeat to Jon Jones is represents his abilities, and he’s con read news >>

NSAC: Brock Lesnar readying supplement defense, Jon Jones gets flack for delay

  • 12 days ago

It appears Brock Lesnar is preparing a defense following his UFC 200 positive drug test.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Still unsure when he'll step back in the octagon, Jon Jones staying busy wrecking civilians

  • 6 days ago

Jon Jones is keeping himself occupied as he waits for his fate to unfold with the USADA and NSAC after he tested positive for banned substances prior to UFC 200.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Awaiting His Day In Court, Jon Jones Chokes Out Ordinary People | FIGHTLAND

  • 5 days ago

These are heady times for Jon Jones, the UFC's longtime undisputed and somehow-still interim light heavyweight champion. He's scheduled to meet with the US Anti-Doping Agency on Oct. 31 for an arbitr read news >>

Jon Jones rips 'irrelevant' light heavyweights in epic Twitter rant

  • 3 days ago

Jon Jones took a shot at the entire UFC light heavyweight division read news >>

Jon Jones Tears into Daniel Cormier, Anthony Johnson on Social Media

  • 3 days ago

Just because Jon Jones isn't able to compete right now doesn't mean he can't hear all the smack that his constituents are talking. He made that clear on Twitter Wednesday night when he unleashed a br read news >>