Pictured: Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.
"I will get a lot of fire for saying (this), I have said it before, but personally I would love to see Shogun fighting Tito (Ortiz) in his retirement match. Because I always like to add a legend to his resume. Everybody bugs me because it seems like I'm trying for an easier fight. Obviously, in theory, fighting the higher ranked guy can be tougher but when Ryan Bader fought Tito, everybody thought it was an easy fight for Ryan and he ended up losing. Tito deserves a lot of respect. Tito called Shogun out a number of times in the past. We never started to mention a fight agianst him before he started to talk about it. We have the biggest respect for his legacy and that's the reason why we want to add his legacy to Shogun's resume. Obviously, it being his retirement fight, being the legend that he is, it's going to be a lot of P.R., a lot of marketing involved. But it's not up to us, it depends a lot on the UFC and what they want so let's see what happens."
-- Eduardo Alonso, manager for Mauricio Rua, tells Fighters Only he hopes to see his fighter matched up against Tito Ortiz in "The People's Champion's" final mixed martial arts (MMA) bout. Alonso admits outright that the pairing is somewhat odd. After all, "Shogun" is only two fights removed from being the UFC light heavyweight champion, having reached the peak of sport in his chosen weight class. Ortiz, meanwhile, has lost consecutive fights to Rashad Evans and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, respectively. Sure, he beat Ryan Bader back at UFC 132 on July 2, 2011. But that's his only win in the last five years. Is defeating the artist formerly known as "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" going to do much of anything for the Brazilian's career, even if it does add a legend to his resume? Maniacs, is Rua vs. Ortiz a fight you want to see?