When Thiago Silva pulled out of the UFC 149 bout with Shogun there was a number of names thrown around one was Alexander Gustafsson, however there is a very good reason why the Swedish star is not taking the bout.
Here is the story according to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua’s official Facebook page.
The name Rashad Evans has been talked about but he is injured. Same goes for Minotouro. Gustafsson was another option but it seems like he has a broken hand and will only be back in October. For us the only options left at the time are Phil Davis, who is fighting Wagner Caldeirão in August, and Ryan Bader, who is fighting Lyoto in the same event. But I still believe these fights can be rearranged. UFC 149 is pay-per-view and the one on Aug. 4th is open TV in the US.
The Dana White likes the idea of keeping a Brazilian vs. Brazilian fight and would like to see Shogun face Glover Teixeira however it seems like Rua’s camp want no part of Teixeira.Tags: featured, Glover Teixeira, mma, MMA NEWS, Shogun Rua, ufc, ufc news