"What I always say is that Shogun is always two fights away from a title shot. No matter what happens, he won maybe the biggest Pride Grand Prix, is a former UFC champion and fans love his style. I say this potentially. Everything depends on the circumstances, the fighters' injuries, the calendar, the champion being active, so there are a lot of subjective aspects. But he would do at most three fights before a title shot. However, we can't think about it right now because he has a bout coming."
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Mauricio Rua hasn't won back-to-back fights in over five years and has a losing record inside the Octagon (6-7). But it only takes two wins to get the Brazilian a title shot, according to manager Eduardo Alonso, who told Combate (via Bloody Elbow) that his client has done enough in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career to always be in the championship discussion. Unfortunately, "Shogun" has an uphill battle after having his face rearranged by Dan Henderson last March (pic), and will need a big finish against Jimi Manuwa at UFC Fight Night 56 (more on that here) to make one last climb toward the division's summit. You like his chances?