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Monday, 06/11/2012, 03:22 am

Dana White: Shogun Refused To Fight Glover Teixeira, Would have Rather Been Cut | UFC NEWS

“(Shogun Rua) said he would actually rather be cut than have to fight (Glover Teixeira). Dude, nobody wants to fight this guy. Nobody wants to fight this guy. We’re trying to match this guy up with somebody but he didn’t mind fighting Brandon Vera, so he’s fighting Brandon Vera. I don’t think (putting Shogun in the main event of UFC on FOX 4) is rewarding him, I don’t want to sound like I’m disrespecting Shogun because I’m not, I’m just telling the truth. It’s verbatim what his people said when we talked to them. You know me; I tell it like it is. If you don’t want that out in public, don’t say it to me, don’t say it on the phone, cause I’m going to say what was said. But Shogun’s a warrior, the guy has fought everybody from PRIDE to the UFC. His last fight with Dan Henderson was awesome. Yeah, it is what it is. I don’t think we’re rewarding him, it’s just one of those weird situations. I’ve never seen a guy at the level Shogun is at not want to fight a guy so bad.”

Fresh off the heels of his successful UFC debut over Kyle Kingsbury, the long awaited UFC career of Brazilian born Glover Teixeira opened up with a bang.

Highly regarded as one of the best Brazilian imports, Glover is expected to make an immediate impact in the UFC’s light-heavyweight division.

When “Shogun” Rua was forced to select another opponent after his original foe, Thiago Silva, was forced to withdraw with an injury the UFC approached the former champion with the potential bout against Teixeira.

Now Dana White took to FUEL TV to discuss the rumored matchup and “Shoguns” response in more detail to clear the air.

On their end the camp of Rua denies the claim that they refuse the fight.


27 Responses to “Dana White: Shogun Refused To Fight Glover Teixeira, Would have Rather Been Cut | UFC NEWS”

  1. Thetude says:

    Shogun is past his prime, if you have ever seen glover fight you wouldnt wonder why shogun turned him down, Give him a few good match ups and glover will be in the ring with jon jones in a couple of years fighting for the title

  2. Hjortur Halldorsson says:

    I must admit I had no idea who Glover was prior to the Kingsbury fight. He looked impressive in that fight and it will be interesting to see him next against a tougher opponent.

  3. someones lying says:

    Not sure who, but someone is lying here. White said he doesn’t want to fight him, shogun says he didn’t say it, and honestly, I can’t see a former world champ who can still fight turning down a fight against an up and coming prospect. And dana doesn’t seem opposed to ruffleing feathers to get things going so id side w shogun here, but then again, glovers still largly unknown so id say a couple more fights till he has enough of a following to fight someone like shogun.

  4. B-rad says:

    this is hard to belive.. ive been following shogun since the pride days when i was fuckin 12! im so surpised by this becasue shogun has ALREADY faced tougher guys than texeria. It might have to do with him coming off the hendo bout and looking to bounce back with an easy w, but after he lost the title he avenged his loss to griffin..the point is i dont think shogun is the type to duck people especially “he would have rather been cut” wtf is that dana?

  5. WrestlingRules says:

    I knew Rua was bitch. He is afraid to fight Glover. enough said….These Brazilians aren’t that good. Feed the spongebob karatee kid Machida to Glover(I Know I know Glover is Brazilian but he’s not a bitch)…..Yes??

    • Chris says:

      i can say the same thing abut Hendo!

      • WrestlingRules says:

        The difference is that Hendo is fighting for the championship and Rua will NEVER fight for any championship again..Rua is now a gatekeeper and Glover needs to see of he can beat one. Simple as that.

    • Dan says:

      Your an absolute flog mate. Brazilians, a majority, are incredibly talented. They are the best technical practitioners at BJJ, excellent boxers and strikers. 3 of the UFCs champs are Brazilian cockhole, so your comment is a typical fathead “we own the world” American comment.

  6. Xaninho says:

    Glover Teixeira is an awesome fighter. Taking him on might lead to losing the fight and a possible contender spot.

    I say give teixeira a wrestler he can use as a step up the ladder and build him up before he gets to fighting the real fighters.

    • WrestlingRules says:

      Can everybody hear the drum roll……and now the grand finale cymbals!!!

        • WrestlingRules says:

          you say; “Glover Teixeira is an awesome fighter. Taking him on might lead to losing the fight and a possible contender spot.” This equals Rua is a bitch. Do you really think Rua is going to be champ again?? You’re just NOT easy AT ALL!!

        • WrestlingRules(InnerVoice) says:

          Male hugging….Mmmmmmmm…..yeah big boy..try and take me down….this is gonna be a long ..and…Exta Hard..match for u…..Mmmmmmmmm…now….its my turn to take u down…big fella!! Mmmmmmm…..

  7. Drock says:

    Last night someone tweeted Chuck Liddel and asked why noone wants to fight Glover. Chuck replies because Glover is a bad man. I wouldn’t want to fight Glover I would be trying to find my liver after the fight.

  8. Kirk says:

    If its true that shogun refused this fight. The UFC should sign Mark Coleman or Ken shamrock or even Kimbo for one fight and give that to shogun. Refuse a fight hey shogun I thought you were a fighter.

  9. Roy G Biv says:

    He obviously didn’t want to fight him because they know each other personally, Pretty sure Glover wouldn’t fight him either, Dana is just twisting shit up it’s really only the American fighters that would fight their own mothers for a paycheck ( except the Diaz brothers), Brazilians for the most part aren’t like that though they respect the fighters they train with.

  10. Clay says:

    I’ve only seen the dude fight kingsbury but I believe shogun is not ducking him because he’s scared. Shogun just wants big names so he can get paid. Come on people it’s obvious

  11. B-rad says:

    i think dana is just flappin his gums like he always does…why would one of the top 5 lhw’s of all time be ducking basicly an unknown prospect, shogun has fought and beaten tougher opponents

  12. Is this mic on? says:

    Tap tap…..

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