By: Jason Kindschy
Dana pushed the point home in an interview with MMAfighting.com’s Ariel Helwani. In response to a question regarding Rua not wanting to fight up-and-comer Glover Teixeira in the main event at UFC on FOX 4. White stated, “He said he’d actually rather be cut than have to fight him (Glover). Dude nobody wants to fight this guy.”
“Shogun” on the other hand sees the situation as a misunderstanding. Rua recently told Portal do Vale Tudo, “Glover is a top fighter, I know him, I respect him, but he just got into the UFC. He has one fight in the UFC; he needs to get more fights. I had nothing to gain with that fight. We said (to) UFC that, for now, this fight is not interesting for me. After, the UFC offered Brandon Vera.” The former champion went on to say, “The UFC has never cogitated to cut me, nor (would I) leave the UFC.”
Regardless of who you believe, Rua or White, the original opponent for “Shogun” at UFC 149 was Thiago Silva, before Rua’s fight got moved to UFC on FOX 4. Silva would have been coming into the fight with a better record than Glover, and a win over Thiago would likely do more to get Rua closer to a title shot. While one can understand “Shogun’s” reasoning, it still doesn’t look good when the boss man is claiming you were avoiding a fight.
Rua did maintain his position as a professional as he always does, stating, “To fight is my life, I love to do it, I would never leave (the) UFC because of a fight, I think it was a misunderstanding.”
In the end, we should still look forward to the hopeful Muay Thai battle at UFC on FOX 4 at the Staples Center on August 4th. I know I will.
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