Recently the Brazilian MMA website Tatame caught up with the current UFC light-heavyweight champion Shogun Rua where he discussed Ed Soares recent comments suggesting an interim bout between previous champ Lyoto Machida and current top contender Rashad Evans. Shogun didn’t seem too thrilled with the idea.
“Man, I don’t know. Last week I had a meeting with them Dana White and (Lorenzo) Fertitta and nobody said anything about an interim title or anything like that, so I’ll fight with my usual belt on my next bout.
I don’t know any of it. As far as I’m concerned, it won’t happen… I believe he’s trying it on the behalf of his athlete, but for what I know I’ll fight with my belt in hands. That’s the only think I’m positive about. It’s Lyoto’s interest, only because you wish it, it doesn’t mean you’ll have it, but for me, it doesn’t change a thing. My belt is official, and if they want to fight for an interim belt before, it doesn’t change a thing for me.”
Rua also spoke of his recent knee surgery and how the healing was coming along, as well as his hopes to return to the octagon early next year.
“It’s everything fine now. I had the surgery a month ago, and I’m cool, I can walk already. I’m doing a fitness work and physiotherapy and, next month, I’ll be back to my trainings and I’ll strengthen my leg so I can come back next year, probably in January, if everything works out fine.
“I’m doing my physiotherapy work once a day and then I go home and play videogame (laughs), but I’m fine, thanks God. I’m very glad and thrilled and I hope I can come back soon. That’s my only goal now. I’ll be 100% prepared for my next fight.”