Shogun Rua Feels Jon Jones Deserves Title Shot

By Jeff Cain

UFC light heavyweight titleholder Mauricio “Shogun” Rua feels Jon Jones deserves to fight for the belt, and doesn’t feel the switch in opponent changes that much in his preparation for the UFC 128 main event.

Jones was offered and accepted the title shot with Rua following his UFC 126 submission win over Ryan Bader, replacing the injured Rashad Evans.

“All of his fights he’s been winning convincingly. I think that he is the guy that deserves the chance to fight for the belt the most right now,” said Rua about Jones.

“I was prepared to fight Rashad but unfortunately he got injured, but I face it as motivation to train even harder,” said Rua. “I am the champion. I have to fight. I am a fighter. I don’t’ pick opponents, and I have to fight everybody as the champion, so I see it as motivation.”

A change of opponent six weeks away from the fight might affect some athletes, but it’s nothing new to Rua.

“When I was fighting in Japan they would sometimes tell me the opponent two weeks before a fight, so I’m kind of used to that. It’s not something that new,” said the light heavyweight titleholder.

“Shogun” doesn’t think the change from Evans to Jones makes that much difference in his preparation for his first UFC title defense.


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