Friday, April 15, 2011
Shogun to Fight Griffin in Rio
By Justin Worsley,
Less than a month after losing to Jon "Bones" Jones in his defense of the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua has booked his next opponent.
Rua will fight Forrest Griffin for the second time as UFC: Rio on Aug. 27 in Rio De Janeiro.
Griffin, 31, made Rua submit in Rua's debut UFC fight at UFC 76 in 2007. In July 2008, Griffin won the Light Heavyweight title, but also lost it in his first title defense, just five months later, when Rashad Evans won by TKO.
Rua, 29, is just 3-3 in UFC fights, but boasts a 19-5 career mixed martial arts record, including 16 knockouts.
Griffin has won his last two fights, a split decision over Tito Ortiz and a unanimous decision over Rich Franklin, to make his overall record 18-6 with seven wins by submission.
UFC: Rio will be the first UFC event hosted in Brazil since 1998. The only other fight currently scheduled is the Middleweight Championship bout between champion Anderson Silva and Yushin Okami.