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Mauricio Rua: Chuck Liddell can expect a different Shogun at UFC 97 on April 18

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"When I fought (Mark) Coleman, like it or not I stayed almost a year and a half on the sidelines and that took a lot out of my training and conditioning. I can say that right now I'm feeling much more prepared physically and psychologically for this fight against Chuck (Liddell). Sometimes when we're at home we get a little distracted and don't push ourselves to the limit. So I think moving to a new place to train got me 100 percent focused on the fight and I can tell that I feel much more prepared and in condition for this fight."

-Former PRIDE light heavyweight standout Mauricio Rua anticipates a full tank of gas for his long-awaited match against former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell at UFC 97 on Saturday, April 18, from The Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. "Shogun" — who was at one time a consensus top 5 light heavyweight and winner of the 2005 Pride FC Grand Prix — hasn’t been able to live up to his potential in the UFC since his debut back at UFC 76, a loss to Forrest Griffin. Perhaps a convincing victory over "The Iceman" will be the catalyst for a 2009 title run. What say you?

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