Some fighters (like this one) are hesitant to sign on the dotted line when they know their prospective opponent is injecting themselves with testosterone.
Mauricio Rua couldn't care less.
If Chael Sonnen wants to continue with his testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), the Brazilian won't bat an eyelash. His job is to win the UFC Fight Night 28 main event, which takes place this Saturday night (Aug. 17) in Boston, regardless of what "The American Gangster" has been doing to prepare.
His words to MMA Fighting:
"I don't care about that. I want to fight. With TRT or not, I will get there to do my job and will get the win. I've worked a lot on my jiu-jitsu with Roberto Gordo, and I'm ready to face him on the ground. But the fight starts standing, and that's where I like to fight. I'm going to fight and won't miss opportunities. (Trash talk) gives me more motivation, but he didn't say a word about me, and that's surprising. I always respected my opponents and never got into those talks, so I will respect him as I always did. But I was surprised that he didn't talk trash about me."
Probably because he's too busy trashing Wanderlei Silva.
The new-and-improved "Shogun" has been unable to win consecutive fights inside the Octagon since knocking out Chuck Liddell back in 2009, a 4-4 record over that span including a recent unanimous decision defeat to budding light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson last December on FOX.
A loss to Sonnen -- TRT or no TRT -- could send him tumbling down the rankings.
Who ya' got?