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Mauricio Rua talks about his future endeavors as he finds himself on a three-fight winning streak.

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Riding the first ever three-fight winning streak of his UFC career, Mauricio Rua is excited to consider his options when it comes to his next fight.

With no matches scheduled for the future, Rua told Tatame he would welcome a crowd-pleaser against Anderson Silva, but he would also like a rematch against Ovince Saint Preux, who knocked him out in 34 seconds, back in 2014.

"I would be thrilled to accept a fight against Anderson Silva, but not in Rio. There's only a few weeks to go before UFC 212 and I'm not psychologically ready to do a fight camp right now. If I had two months to train, then yes, I would. I really respect Anderson as an athlete, he's a guy who deserves my respect, but I'd fight him. I'm a professional, above all things."

"I don't have any specific names on my mind, but I have a loss against Ovince Saint Preux that's been bugging me ever since. I think he's a good fighter, an icon, and he deserves all my respect. He's big for the division, but the way I lost against him left me very sad. I'm not saying I'm better or worse than him, I was sad with the way it was. So I would like a rematch against Saint Preux in the near future, yes."

In his last three outings, Mauricio Rua defeated Gian Villante, Corey Anderson and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, his last loss was that quick KO he suffered against Saint Preux.

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