With a first-round knockout of Forrest Griffin this past Saturday at UFC 134, former light heavyweight champion Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua is now “back in the hunt” to reclaim the title he lost to Jon Jones in March, UFC President Dana White said after UFC 134.
“[That] was a big win for him,” White said. “The guy just lost the title to Jon Jones, who many people believe – I’ve got Jon Jones ranked No. 3 pound-for-pound in the world. (He) beats Forrest Griffin, who’s one of the top light heavyweights in the world. It put ‘Shogun’ right back in the title hunt.”
Rua’s (20-5) loss to Jones came in his first title defense after claiming the belt with a first-round knockout of Lyoto Machida in May 2010. Rua is 4-3 since joining the UFC in 2007, including a debut loss to Griffin and controversial decision loss to Machida, both of which he’s now avenged.
Jones defends the light heavyweight title for the first time against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson next month at UFC 135, while Rashad Evans is expected to challenge the winner following his UFC 133 win over Tito Ortiz earlier this month.