By Jamie McAllister
Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua in an interview with FightersOnly.
Shogun comments on his new opponent Brandon Vera after his original opponent Thiago Silva withdrew from the fight due to injury.
“Brandon Vera is a very dangerous fighter, has a sharpened Muay Thai and has already defeated great names inside the UFC. After so many changes, I hope I can train well focused on this opponent and I believe the fight will involve much trading on the feet, it should please all the fans,”
Shogun also comments on training in Curitiba close to his home and family. He also comments on training with Wanderlei Silva.
“I am taking advantage of Wanderlei Silva, who also is training with us here in Curitiba, for his fight at the end of June. We are in an intense rhythm. It is important that each one look to exploit the maximum of one another in the training.”
Shogun’s coach Andre Dida comments on Shogun as well as the new additions made to his team.
“Shogun lives a very good new phase of his career, he is so much motivated and very focused. For this duel, we have new blood in the team. Serginho Moraes – three time BJJ world champion and TUF Brazil contestant – is the newest guy responsible for the ground training,”
Shogun recently parted with long time manager Eduardo Alonso and his image management is now handled by Seven Entretenimento company and his legalities and general advice are undertaken by Julio Heller is the new manager of the former champion. Heller and Seven are responsable for social networking, public relationship, marketing and sponsorship.
“All this change came to add into my career. I am very motivated because now there is a person responsible for each area and I have a lot of time to be focused on the fights,” said Shogun.Tags: featured, Flyweight, mma, MMA NEWS, Shogun, ufc, ufc news, Vera