According to Mauricio
“Shogun” Rua, accommodations were one of the major contributing
factors in his one-sided title loss to Jon Jones at
UFC 128 in March.
A few weeks after the defeat, the 29-year-old Brazilian flew to the
U.S. to rejoin his longtime mentor, Rafael
Kings MMA in Huntington Beach, Calif. Now, as he approaches one
of the most crucial fights of his career, Rua is eying another
change in locale.
Fifteen days before his Aug. 27 rematch with Forrest
Griffin at UFC
134 in Rio de Janeiro, Shogun and Cordeiro will head to Brazil
for a two-week adjustment period. There, Rua will close out his
training camp at Rio’s Nova
Uniao academy under the command of Andre
The former UFC light heavyweight champ will arrive in his home
country Aug. 13, alongside Cordeiro, a wrestling coach and Renato “Babalu”
Sobral, the first man to defeat Rua and now his cornerman. The
crew will first train in Rua and Cordeiro’s home of Curitiba,
Parana, before wrapping up in Rio.
“We decided to make the final stage of training in Rio de Janeiro,
and I really wanted it to be at master Pederneiras’ gym,” Cordeiro
told Sherdog.com on Monday. “We’re always looking for good
vibrations, and I’m sure that Nova Uniao, one of the greatest
centers of excellence in MMA, is the right place. I will be honored
to have [Shogun] training with ‘Dede’ Pederneiras.”
Pederneiras confirmed the plan and expressed his excitement at
welcoming the former champ.
“We just have to schedule a good time for them,” Pederneiras told
Sherdog.com. “It will be an honor for me and for my students to
have one of the best coaches in the world and one of the greatest