A potentially explosive matchup between two proven finishers is reportedly in the works for a November UFC Fight Night event in Brazil. According to the latest edition of UFC Tonight, discussions are underway to have former light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua square off against Jimi Manuwa on Nov.8. Both competitors would be looking to rebound from knockout losses.
The No. 9-ranked Rua had a rough outing in his last appearance on home soil as he was blasted out in the third round of his Fight Night 38 rematch with Dan Henderson. After “Shogun” dominated the first two rounds of their March encounter, he was stopped after “Hendo” landed a devastating right hand and follow-up punches. Rua suffered his third loss in four fights and his nose was left a shattered mess that required surgery.
Manuwa tasted defeat for the first time in his career against Alexander Gustafsson at Fight Night 37 in England. “Poster Boy” was overwhelmed by the former title challenger and current no.1-contender as he was stopped in the second round. He did secure a Fight of the Night bonus for his efforts. Manuwa had recorded victories over Kyle Kingsbury, Cyrille Diabate and Ryan Jimmo before his setback at the hands of “The Mauler.” All fourteen of his victories have been produced by knockout or submission.
While there’s nothing finalized as of yet, this would certainly be an exciting addition to the Fight Night 56 card if it were to become a reality. The two fighters have combined for a whopping 32 knockouts in their 36 career victories. It would have the potential of being a true firefight that would have a minimal chance of going to the judges’ scorecards.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports