While obviously a third consecutive loss for Chael Sonnen at UFC Fight Night 26 would be another blow for “The American Gangster”, most would agree that his best prospects are at middleweight any ways, which is where he plans to return. For “Shogun” Rua on the other hand, a defeat to Sonnen would mark the first time in his career he’s been defeated twice in a row, and would leave plenty of people wondering what his future holds. It’s also worth noting that Rua is just 31 years-old compared to Sonnen, who’s 36.
In the past there have been questions about “Shogun’s” health and preparation heading into a fight, but the decorated vet has been adamant he’ll be ready for Sonnen this Saturday. Not only has Rua been training with legendary boxing coach Freddie Roach, but as he told MMA Fighting.com, he’s been focusing on his wrestling as well. Sonnen does seem to know a thing or two about takedowns after all.
“I focused on (working on my wrestling), but also on what I have to do to defeat him,” Rua said. “I studied his game a lot. I got all the coaches from my camp for ‘Minotouro’, except for Jacob Harman. But I have ‘Babalu’ here working on my wrestling. I’m ready for this fight.”
Of course, since Sonnen has been approved for testosterone-replacement-therapy prior to the bout, Rua was also asked to comment on his opponent’s use of TRT.
“I don’t care about that,” he said. “I want to fight. With TRT or not, I will get there to do my job and will get the win. I’ve worked a lot on my jiu-jitsu with Roberto Gordo, and I’m ready to face him on the ground. But the fight starts standing, and that’s where I like to fight. I’m going to fight and won’t miss opportunities.”
Certainly does seem like Rua’s remaining on point huh? And really, even if he was anti-TRT, focusing on that instead of what Sonnen will bust out Saturday night would be a mistake.
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