“I actually would have rather been in a fight for the title, but this fight excites me too. Shogun’s a tough guy, and it’s gonna be a big challenge… I’m not going to try extra hard to knock him out just to get a title shot. I’m going out there first and foremost to win the fight, and obviously try to finish him along the way… I do think that [Jon Jones] would be a fight I would enjoy. He’s awkward and unorthodox and it creates something to think about and how to beat that, and that’s what excites me these days. Guys that are a big challenge, and he would be more cause he’s awkward and dangerous at the same time, but I think he matches up really well with me style wise… I’m not one to buy into things too quickly. I’ve been doing this for a long time and seen a lot of guys beat a lot of tough guys really quick and then die out.”
Former Pride and Strikeforce champion tells mmaweekly.com radio that he is ready to take out Shogun this weekend in route to an eventual title shit with the winner of next month’s Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida fight.
And where is Rashad Evans in all this talk? Apparently it is now Dan Henderson inline for the title if he can get past Shogun Rua this weekend, as it should be. Coming in as the Strikeforce champion does have its advantages.
…but can Hendo get past Rua or is all this talk of title unifications pointless?
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