UFC 134 Post Fight: Maurcio ‘Shogun’ Rua Lives His Dream with Win Over Forrest Griffin


If Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua was haunted by visions of his first fight against Forrest Griffin, he certainly had a productive therapy session at UFC 134.

Coming off a loss to Jon Jones at UFC 128 where he lost his light heavyweight title, Rua had a lot to prove fighting back home in Brazil, while also looking for a certain level of revenge for the man who kicked off his UFC career with a loss.

Looking at the fight that took place on Saturday night in Brazil, nobody would even recognize the Maurcio ‘Shogun’ Rua that fought Forrest Griffin the first time.

Like a bull, Rua charged forward and was relentless with his attack on Griffin from the moment go. Once Griffin fell to the ground, Rua was on him like a pitbull, and after a blitzing series of hammer fists, the fight was over.

“I’m very happy because Forrest is a very good fighter,” Rua told UFC.com after the win. “I fought Forrest in 2007, and I wanted this fight, I know Forrest can fight. It’s a hard fight for me, but I wanted this fight, and I wanted to win and I win.”

It was exactly the type of homecoming Rua wanted to have as he fought in front of his fans in Brazil.

For the long time veteran of Pride and the UFC, getting a win like that at UFC 134 was everything Rua could have hoped for.

“This is my biggest dream to fight in my home,” said Rua. “For my people, for my family, for my team.”

The win puts Rua back on track to hopefully earn another shot at Jon Jones or whoever has the light heavyweight title in the future.

Now the only question remains after a quick first round stoppage win at UFC 134, how quickly will Shogun want to get back in the cage again. Could he appear on the UFC on Fox debut show in November?

Only UFC President Dana White knows the answer to that.

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