"Actually I’ve always said I don’t like fighting other Brazilians, especially a guy I know like Thiago. I really like him, but we’re professionals and that’s what we do for a living. I guess it’s going to be an interesting fight because Thiago likes striking and so do I. It’s gonna be ass kicking. I respect Thiago as an athlete and as a person, I know he’s very good and complete, but I’ll get there prepared."
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Mauricio Rua (via Tatame.com) is expecting to kick some ass -- and get some ass kicked in return -- when he locks horns with fellow Brazilian bull Thiago Silva at the UFC 149 pay-per-view (PPV) event on July 21 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. "Shogun" was expected to rematch former PRIDE rival Quinton Jackson; however, "Rampage" opted to get his knees all patched up prior to satisfying the final fight on his UFC contract. So how about it fight fans, who gets the better of the exchanges in this upcoming "ass-kicking?"