Both Paul Craig And ‘Shogun’ Rua Want to Run it Back
It remains to be seen if it happens, but both Paul Craig and 'Shogun' Rua sound pretty interested in throwing hands again.
Craig and Rua say they’d like to battle again
At last Saturday’s card, both Rua and Craig were fighting for the first time since they fought to a draw last November.
In the case of Craig, he took on Gadzhimurad Antigulov and scored a first round, submission win with one of his patented triangle-chokes. Rua, meanwhile, faced Antonio Rogerio Nogueira for the third time, and worked his way to another decision win over his fellow legend.
After the bout, the 38-year-old Rua was non-committal about when he’ll fight next. But, when floated the possibility of a rematch with Craig, the former champ reported he’s interested (quotes via MMA Junkie).
“This is a good option. I want this fight, too,” Rua said. “I want this fight, too. I think (we can do) this fight one more time.”
And what about Craig? Well, when the 32-year-old, Scottish fighter was asked about his next bout, he went out of his way to mention Rua.
“I would love to run back a fight, and you know what fight I’d love to run back. It ended in a draw for me. It was against Shogun Rua.
I had an opportunity to fight one of the greatest fighters in my division and I took that in a heartbeat.
But from his point of view, he took a last-minute opponent. … so it was unfair on him as well. If both of us had a full fight camp, what would that fight look like? Could it be another legendary fight for Shogun Rua?
Could I then go in the history books with Shogun Rua? That’s what I want. But Shogun Rua, as we know, tends not to have a quick turnaround, so there’s other fighters there.”
Could Rua – Craig 2 happen?
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Now, at first glance, booking a rematch between Rua and Craig makes a lot of sense. They both want the bout, the first ended in a draw, and a rematch has the makings of being pretty entertaining.
But…at this stage of Rua’s career, you have to wonder if the UFC might look at having him fight a bigger, more established name than Craig.
The latter is a captivating fighter to watch, no question, as he’s always a threat on the ground. But, at the end of the day, he doesn’t have the same profile as say, Nogueira.
Craig also made a good point about not fighting often. Case in point, Rua only fought once last year, and that was against Craig.
But, you never know; maybe we will see these two go at it again.