Now that Mauricio Rua has watched potential fights with Dan Henderson and Quinton Jackson go up in smoke it looks like he’ll be turning his focus towards landing a rubber match with fellow former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida. Though Rua and Machida split their two-fight series, both involving the title, many would argue “Shogun” actually deserved the decision nod when facing his Brazilian countryman the first time around.
Rua recently addressed his desire to face Machida in an interview where he also brought up the possibility of coaching on the Ultimate Fighter to up the ante as it were.
“Of course it is my desire to do a TUF, which is a program where people see everything that passes for the fighter,” said Rua to Portal Do Vale Tudo. “Lyoto would make it even more interesting…and consider how good this third fight will sell.”
While langue barriers might make it difficult for Machida-Rua to coach on the American version of the reality show, TUF Brasil has been drawing enormous viewership in the South American nation and would be a logical landing spot for the potential pairing.
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MMATraining Take: I don’t think a third Machida-Rua fight would hurt since, aside from Phil Davis and Ryan Bader, there aren’t a lot of available adversaries at the moment. The bout would also sell extremely well in Brazil for obvious reasons and there’s a June card in Rio, so why not put it together?