Even at 36 years of age, former UFC light heavyweight champion and PRIDE FC standout Mauricio “Shogun” Rua continues to compete at the highest level of mixed martial arts.
Despite taking brutal losses courtesy of the likes of Ovince Saint Preux and Dan Henderson, the Brazilian fighter is actually on a current three-fight win streak.
Rua last fought in March 2017 in Fortaleza, Brazil, where he knocked out Serra-Longo representative Gian Villante in the third round.
After that victory, he was slated to face Saint Preux in a rematch for the UFC’s Fight Night card in Japan in September 2017, only to be forced out of the fight due to an unspecified injury. He was subsequently replaced by fellow veteran Yushin Okami.
In late March, the UFC decided to book Rua a fight by matching him up against a younger up-and-comer and knockout artist Volkan Oezdemir.
The two were slated to face each other for the UFC’s Fight Night event in Chile on May 19th.
However, bad luck seems to be following Rua around as of late. In a report by Brazlian outlet Combate on Thursday, the fight was scrapped due to the legal troubles that Oezdemir is currently facing, and was forbidden to leave the United States.
Last August, “No Time” was involved in an altercation outside a bar in Florida.
According to the report, Oezdemir claimed that someone approached his fiancée as he was in the restroom, which then prompted the scuffle to ensue.
The suing party and alleged victim Kevin Cohen, however, countered this accusation by stating that he was “sucker-punched” by the UFC light heavyweight fighter which supposedly left him unconscious for “nearly 14 minutes.”
Further reports claimed that Oezdemir was ordered to appear in court, and a no-show would warrant a “no-bond arrest.” From his end, the 28-year-old Swede fighter has been confident that he would get through the case.
“Everybody has their own goal. Everybody has their own job,” Oezdemir told BloodyElbow.com in a December interview. “My job is to train and fight, and everybody else is handling their own job.”
The case was not a deterrent to Oezdemir’s scheduled light heavyweight title fight against champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 220 in January. The fight, however, was not exactly a memorable one for him, as he lost via second-round TKO.
UFC Fight Night Chile will be headlined by a welterweight fight between top-ten contenders Kamaru Usman and Santiago Ponzinibbio.