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Demian Maia helping Shogun Rua prepare for April 18 bout against Chuck Liddell



"I opened my academy to his training. (Sergio) Cunha is taking very good care of his training. Shogun is such a talented guy. He’s already in nice shape. Four weeks later, he will really be in his best shape, and it will be really hard for Liddell to beat him."

– Undefeated Brazlian jiu-jitsu wizard Demian Maia -- on the recommendation of Wanderlei Silva -- helps Mauricio Rua prepare for former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell at UFC 97 from The Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Both fighters have a lot on the line. "Shogun" and "The Iceman" were both atop the 205-pound mountain just a few years back but have fallen on hard times as of late. Rua was choked out in his UFC debut by Forrest Griffin and looked sloppy against a senior Mark Coleman while Liddell has dropped three of his last four. It's a fight to stay relevant and we'll see who wants it more come April 18.

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