Mauricio Rua has pretty much done it all in MMA - Pride Grand Prix champion, UFC light heavyweight champion, two fights of the year. After 11 years and 28 fights, Rua (21-7) might have problems finding the motivation to get back in there and keep grinding away. He will step into the octagon next at UFC 161 on June 15th where he'll fight Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in a rematch of their 2005 bout, one of the best of all time. So what inspires Shogun to train so hard for a fight against a guy he's already beaten? He explains to Fighters Only:
"Remembering my glories is wonderful, makes me feel good, and gives me more will to live up to that again. It was an indescribable sensation, there are no words for it, especially because I got to achieve the dream of any fighter, which was to be both a UFC and Pride FC champion."
Shogun did offer up one more interesting tidbit in the article - when he won the UFC light heavyweight title from Lyoto Machida in their second meeting at UFC 113, he probably shouldn't have even been in the cage that night:
"I had burst my appendix two months before the fight. I recall that my team would rather I didn’t fight at the time, they wanted to rest but I said no. I was almost a month without training, in order to heal up. I had to undergo surgery but I still managed to finish the camp - and the outcome was great."
Hopefully both men come into this bout in Winnipeg healthy and we can get a fight that comes close to living up to their epic Pride fight.