Shogun Rua Believes He Is In Line For UFC Title Shot

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Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua believes that he is in line for a UFC title shot.

Rua was expected to fight former title contender Volkan Oezdemir at the upcoming UFC Hamburg, but Oezdemir was removed and will instead challenge Alexander Gustafsson.

UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier recently stated that he would be interested in a fight with Rua, and Rua believes that if he beats Anthony Smith, he can set his focus on Cormier next.

”I think Cormier is a great athlete, a complete fighter,” Rua said, according to MMA Fighting. “Winning this fight I absolutely deserve this chance because of my history and my career in MMA.”

”It’s tough because he’s well-rounded, is good standing and on the ground, has one of the best wrestling in the UFC,” Rua said. “It’s tough because you have to train everything for him. It’s a big challenge, but you become a target when you have the belt because that’s what everyone dreams with.

“But I’m actually not thinking about the belt now because I have a good opponent ahead of me and I can’t think about it. The belt is my dream, of course, but I have to go step by step. I know that I will be closer if I win this fight.”