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Suga' vs Shogun: Will Rashad Evans knock out Mauricio Rua?


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"I don’t think there is really going to be anything easy when it comes to this fight. I think that he has found his rhythm. When he first got to the UFC he kind of struggled a little bit, had his though fights where he was trying to find his rhythm, but now he has found his rhythm and kind of reinvented himself and now it’s looking like the I’ll definitely have my hands full any way I decide to take this fight. I think I just have to go right at him. I think I can’t try to move around too much or try to get away from him because he will find me, because he is a very aggressive striker. So, I can be aggressive too ... I think there’s a possibility for me to knock him out, I mean that is what I hope to do. That would be my aim to try to knock him out, but you know if I catch him or something it would probably be off his aggression. I’ll see if I can capitalize on him coming in. I think for advantages and disadvantages it’s really hard to say, because styles make fights and having so much time off I don’t really know the kind of Rua I’m going to go against when I meet him and he doesn’t know who he’s going to go against. So, what the perceived advantages of me right now are, are not necessarily what they are going to be when I meet him in May."

Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans looks to reclaim the 205-pound belt when he clashes with reigning division champion Mauricio Rua in Spring 2011. "Suga" rebounded from the only loss of his career, a knockout to ex-champ Lyoto Machida, by taking back-to-back decision wins over Thiago Silva and "Rampage" Jackson. Did anything in those performances convince you the TUF 2 champ has the tools to flatten the Brazilian? Or is Rua going to send him back to the Spike TV airwaves?

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