"Rashad’s a very tough guy, he’s a good wrestler and boxer, actually he is a guy I consider complete and I believe he’ll try to use his boxing skills on my or will try to take me down and use his ground and pound, so I’m training much Wrestling and Muay Thai, he’s tough and I have to train all modalities. I’m very cool because all I’ve ever done in my life was fighting, it’s my job and my only obligation is to give my best, I do what I love, which is to train and fight and I never think about winning, I think I’ll give my whole best."
-- UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua tells Tatame that he's training wrestling and Muay Thai in advance of his long awaited title defense against number one contender Rashad Evans, currently slated for UFC 128 in Newark, New Jersey on March 19. Plenty of questions surround Rua as he gets ready for his first fight as the titleholder -- chief among them being the status of his health. The former Pride Middleweight Grand Prix winner has had multiple surgeries on his knees and will have been out for nearly a year when he gets back in the cage. The upside? Evans has also had an extended layoff. But will that time away from the Octagon take away the "Suga's" explosiveness? Can "Shogun's" knees hold up when Evans shoots in for a takedown? Let's hear your breakdown on how the fight will play out.