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Shogun explains Teixeira rejection

ESPN staff
June 15, 2012
Mauricio Rua says he has nothing to gain by fighting Glover Teixeira © Getty Images

Mauricio Rua claims he would have nothing to gain by fighting Glover Teixeira, but is open to fighting his fellow Brazilian in the future.

UFC president Dana White said last week that Rua would rather be cut from the UFC than fight Teixeira after Thiago Silva withdrew from their UFC 149 clash.

The light heavyweight, who has since been lined up to fight Brandon Vera at UFC on Fox 4, wants Teixeira to gain more experience under the UFC banner before he steps into the Octagon with him.

"They offered Glover to us," Rua said. "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, or I to leave the UFC. I've never picked my opponents. I've fought against the best, and I want to 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."

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