MONTREAL- MAY 8: Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (L) looks at Lyoto Machida in their light heavyweight bout at UFC 113 at Bell Centre on May 8, 2010 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
"They offered Glover to us. I talked with my team, and we decided that Glover would not be interesting now. Glover is a top fighter. I know him. I respect him, but he just got into the UFC. He needs to get more fights. I had nothing to gain with that fight. We told the UFC that, for now, this fight is not interesting for me. After that, the UFC offered Brandon Vera, but they never threatened to cut me, nor I to leave the UFC. I've never picked my opponents. I've fought against the best, and I wanna keep doing it and to get my chance for the title. For sure, Glover is a top fighter, but today, if I beat him, I would gain nothing. So we decided to refuse this fight, but in the future, this fight can happen."
Just a week ago, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White threw 'Shogun' Mauricio Rua under the bus, publicly, by telling Ariel Helwani that Rua stated he'd rather be cut by the organization than to have to fight Glover Teixeira, as a replacement for Thiago Silva, who fell prey to the injury bug and had to withdraw from their UFC 149 match up. Rua's camp was quick to refute that report, saying that it was not true at all. Perhaps the truth is somewhere in the middle, as 'Shogun' himself told Portal do Vale Tudo that they did, in fact, turn the fight down, but only because he currently had nothing to gain from it. According to Rua, it's a fight that could eventually happen, just not at UFC on Fox 4, where he'll be facing Brandon Vera, instead. What say you, Maniacs? Who are we to believe in all of this?