When it was announced that Shogun Rua’s first opponent, Thiago Silva was injured, fans and Dana White alike called for the former champion to face newly minted light-heavyweight prospect Glover Teixeira. Well, that was not in the books according to Shogun. In his mind he had nothing to gain by fighting Glover, and he had too much to lose.
“They offered Glover to us. I talked with my team, and we decided that Glover would not be interesting now. Glover is a top fighter. I know him. I respect him, but he just got into the UFC. He needs to get more fights. I had nothing to gain with that fight. We told the UFC that, for now, this fight is not interesting for me. After that, the UFC offered Brandon Vera, but they never threatened to cut me, nor I to leave the UFC. I’ve never picked my opponents. I’ve fought against the best, and I wanna keep doing it and to get my chance for the title. For sure, Glover is a top fighter, but today, if I beat him, I would gain nothing. So we decided to refuse this fight, but in the future, this fight can happen.”
So, in Shogun’s eyes he was not threatened to be cut, nor did he say he would leave the company if he was matched up with Teixeira. The fight was just not interesting to him, but Shogun does kind of contradict himself. He says that he has nothing to gain by fighting Glover, but on the other hand says the fight is not interesting. In the end, Shogun made his decision, but his motives still seem a bit clouded.