"We don't work so hard all year around, we have phases of training, it's like a cycle. My team always takes care of everything but definitely, it's going to be a new challenge for me to defend that belt, because it was a dream come true, I conquered it, and now I'm going to work on my mind to keep my motivation. It can be bad for me but I'm going to work hard so it doesn't affect my performances. I think Rampage [will win], but it's close to 50/50 to me. I'd say 55% for Rampage, 45% Rashad. To me Rampage or Rashad, it doesn't make a difference, they are both top fighters. But a fight against Rampage would be good ... for the pay-per-view. I'm a professional fighter, I never pick my opponents, I'd fight anyone. Anderson (Silva) can be a big challenge to my career, but I'm used to them."
Newly-crowned UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Mauricio Rua looks forward to finding out who will be his first title defense when the two men vying for the spot face off at UFC 114 on May 29. "Rampage" Jackson has already been taken out by "Shogun" when they first met under the PRIDE banner back in 2005. Will history repeat itself? Or will "Sugar" Rashad make sure they never get the chance to find out?