Rumors of MMA icon Mauricio Rua’s aversion to facing fellow Brazilian Glover Teixeira were given substance last night when UFC President Dana White made a shocking admission, stating Rua’s camp was willing to see “Shogun” handed his walking papers if that’s what it took to avoid taking on the surging light heavyweight.
“It is what it is,” White explained on Fuel TV’s post-fight show after UFC on FX 3. “It’s one of those weird situations. I’ve never seen a guy at the level that ‘Shogun’ is at not want to fight a guy so bad.”
“He said he would rather be cut then fight him,” White added, saying the words were verbatim from Rua’s management.
No details were offered as to exactly why the former 205-pound champion did not want to see action against the 18-2 Teixeira as the two are not affiliated in any way as far as being teammates or personal acquaintances.
Talk of Rua vs. Teixeira surfaced last week after it was announced Thiago Silva, who “Shogun” was scheduled to fight, had been forced on the sidelines due to injury. However, in the end it was Brandon Vera who emerged as Rua’s opponent. The two will tussle in headlining action on August 4 at UFC on FOX 4.
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