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UFC 128 Fight Card: Shogun Rua Motivated to Defeat Jon Jones

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Mauricio Rua talks to R7 Sports: (translated by Orcus)

"(Jon) Jones is a good fighter, but I will only be able to answer (if he's my hardest opponent) on the 19th, after the fight. In theory I cannot say. I have taken on great fighters (Arona, Overeem, Minotauro, Machida), I’d say (Jones) is among the best."

"(His words) give me more motivation. The guys are telling me he said a bunch of things ...I am experienced and these types of things don’t get to me, they don’t hurt (my game). They didn’t get to me when I was younger let alone now. I try to take motivation out of everything, and that’s something that helps me."

"It’s true that my (MMA) experience influences a bit, because I might be able to dictate the fight in a certain way. But I believe that MMA is a very broad sport that encompasses all styles. I think his experience in wrestling works for him."

"He’s someone who’s been renewing his Muay Thai during fights, but I don’t think he’ll have something new. His game is that and mine is this, there isn’t much to change. I fought for 10 years and it’s not now that my game will change, and neither will his. I think he’ll go (to his bread and butter), which is wrestling, that’s what I think."
-- Check out the full interview after the jump.

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Q: Do you consider Jones to be the hardest opponent of your career?

Shogun : that’s hard to say. Jones is a good fighter, but I will only be able to answer that on the 19th, after the fight. In theory I cannot say. I have taken on great fighters, I’d say he’s among the best.

Q: who’s the toughest fighter [you have faced]?

Shogun : that’s hard to say. I have faced many great fighters, [Ricardo] Arona, [Alistair] Overeem, [Rogério] Minotouro, Lyoto [Machida].

Q: Jones has been provoking you a lot, but you don’t talk much about him. Is this a strategy of yours?

Shogun : that depends on the personality of each fighter. I like to stay calm going in the fight, because if I say I’m going to do something in the fight, that I’m going to win, that I’m going to kill, I would go in with the obligation of doing that in the fight. I prefer to be calm going in, with no commitments. But that depends on the personality of each fighter, if he likes to talk that’s his problem. I respect him for that, each one has their personalities.

Q: Can you use what he says as something positive?

Shogun: Yes, it gives me more motivation, for sure.

Q: Jones has even stated that he could submit you, that you’re a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu and even though he’s a white belt. What can you say about that?

Shogun: He’s actually good on the ground. He comes from wrestling, he has a good base. Even though he’s been training Jiu-Jitsu for a small amount of time, he had already been training wrestling and submissions. A belt is something very relative.

Q: Still, it can’t be compared to your ground game...

Shogun: I hope not (laughs)

Q: Doesn’t these types of things get you more fired up, more nervous?

Shogun: sure it does. The guys are telling me he said a bunch of things and that can only motivate me more. I am experienced and these types of things don’t get to me, they don’t hurt [my game]. They didn’t get to me when I was younger let alone now. I try to take motivation out of everything, and that’s something that helps me.

Q: Do you think his inexperience can leave him more vulnerable?

Shogun: I don’t think so. He’s not that young at 23. He is secure in his fights and got to where he is with merits. I don’t think his age will hurt him in this phase of [the game].

Q: But you have 10 more fights than he does in MMA, you are much more experienced...

Shogun: It’s true that my experience influences a bit, because I might be able to dictate the fight in a certain way. But I believe that MMA is a very broad sport that encompasses all styles. I think his experience in wrestling works for him.

Q: Do you have something new to present to Jon Jones [in this fight]?

Shogun: he’s someone who’s been renewing his Muay Thai during fights, but I don’t think he’ll have something new. His game is that and mine is this, there isn’t much to change. I fight for 10 years and it’s not now that my game will change, and neither will his. I think he’ll go [to his bread and butter], which is wrestling, that’s what I think.

Q: so you’re expecting him to avoid the game standing and go directly to Ground n’ Pound?

Shogun: I think he’ll exchange a bit standing before trying to take me down, for Ground n’ Pound. I think he’ll want to exchange a bit, so he won’t give his game away.

Q: Recently Jones said that he’d fight Rashad Evans, his friend. What’s your stance on fighting teammates?

Shogun: I think that’s relative [to each fighter], our training sessions are very close to a real fight, so it almost becomes a reality. But to fight in front of the fans and in front of cameras, it really isn’t a good thing, you have to take your friend in consideration. But real friends we only have a few, and most of my friends are in my team. The only person I wouldn’t fight is Wanderlei Silva. Actually Lyoto is a comrade of mine, but I fought him, I never thought about not fighting.

Q: How do you see the growth of MMA in Brazil?

Shogun: I think MMA is the fastest growing sport in the world for a few years. In Brazil, it got a good expansion now, it grew a lot. If it continues this way, it will soon become the second sport in the country. I am very happy with the evolution of MMA, today people see it with [different eyes], as a real sport. I can only thank you guys, in the media, that took part in this.

Q: do you want to fight at UFC Rio?

Shogun: Of course I think about fighting. It’s a big dream of mine, to fight in front of my Brazilian fans. But for now my mind is focused on my fight with Jon Jones. After that I’ll see what I’m going to do.

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