Mauricio Rua went two-for-two against one of his old PRIDE FC stablemates at UFC 190, defeating Antonio Rogerio Nogueira last night (Sat., Aug., 1, 2015) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil via unanimous decision (see it here), and now he wants to do battle against another old rival.
"Rampage challenged me some days, weeks ago on my Instagram account, and I would like to say that I will fight him, with UFC's blessing, whenever he wants, where he wants. Just match it up."
And just in case you have any doubt, Jackson was watching Rua's bout and was quick to challenge him one more time.
Shogun I'm ready..— Quinton Jackson (@Rampage4real) August 2, 2015
Gone In 34 Seconds!
Watch Ronda Rousey vs. Bethe Correia full fight video highlights from last night in UFC 190's main event inside HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, featuring the incredible 34-second first round knockout finish.
Rua and Jackson initially met 10 years ago in the opening round of the 2005 PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix, with the Brazilian bomber taking out Jackson in the first five minutes via devastating technical knockout. In fact, after blitzing through "Rampage," Mauricio went on to defeat the aforementioned Nogueira in the next round two months later.
Eventually, "Shogun" went on to win the tournament with wins over Alistair Overeem and Ricardo Arona to become the youngest PRIDE champion ever.
As for Jackson, he went on to partake in several classic matches under the now-defunct PRIDE banner before coming to UFC to claim the light heavyweight title. Three years later, Rua would go on to do the same.
10 years removed from their initial encounter, would a fight between both men peak your interest?