The excitement about the upcoming fight between Mauricio Rua and his opponent Gian Villante is mounting as the UFC Fight night 106 comes up.
Rua knows that his opponent has also been his fan and Rua does not have any bad feelings about Villante whom he recognizes as a tough opponent. However Shogun does need to focus on the fact that both of them have conflicting targets to achieve and he needs to safeguard his own interests.
In his words, the fact that Villante is a fan might make it difficult for him to fight him to the finish in the ring. He hopes that the sympathy card will not kick in at the time when the fight gathers heat. Hence, at the press conferences that have been held for the upcoming fight, he has clearly mentioned that he respects Villante’s style and perseverance, but the match would be about true rivalry when he would not be making allowances for Villante.