Dana White made UFC News by adding Mauricio Rua to an already stacked UFC on Fox 5, where he’ll face Alexander Gustafsson.
Many MMA fans have argued that Gustafsson should have garnered a light heavyweight title shot before Lyoto Machida. ‘The Mauler,’ though, argued that he was not ready. He said he needs one or two more fights to be ready.
Gustafsson is the first legitimate challenger to emerge from the second generation of competitors. This bout will certainly show Gustafsson to the world. He’s going to be thrown into the water. Will he sink or swim?
It’s a great opportunity for Rua too. The winner will likely be the next number one contender, as long as injuries don’t derail the plan. Shogun lost out on the opportunity to fight for the light heavyweight title at UFC on Fox 4. Machida finished Ryan Bader more impressively than Shogun did Brandon Vera.
Shogun vs. Gustafsson is the co-main event of the evening. The headlining bout of the card wields the lightweight title in its hands. Ben Henderson will fight Nate Diaz.
Diaz has a good shot. I like his mentality though.
“I train with guys just like that. Athletic guys, strong guys. It’s definitely gonna be a good, hard fight. It’s time to fight for a title. I’m gonna do what I could to win that belt because that belt gives me … I’m tryin’ to do it for my team and f–k the belt, I’m tryin’ to beat the number one guy in the world and that’s him right now.”
Almost forgotten on the card is BJ Penn vs. Rory MacDonald, which is a very enticing fight. Penn views the fight as an opportunity to defeat Georges St. Pierre without stepping into the Octagon with the welterweight champion. MacDonald and Pierre both train at Tristar Gym. For MacDonald, it’s an opportunity to improve his brand. A victory over BJ Penn does wonders for your career.