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Shogun's camp deny he turned down Teixeira at UFC 149

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Confusion surrounds the camp of Mauricio Shogun Rua after UFC president Dana White claimed the Brazilian turned down a fight with Glover Teixeira.

Shogun had been supposed to fight Thiago Silva at UFC 149, but Silva is out of the fight due to injury. Although not officially confirmed by the UFC, Shogun is widely believed to be without an opponent.

White recently told MMA Junkie: "With Thiago hurt, we turned to Glover and asked him to go right back in to fight Shogun at UFC 149. But Shogun's people are adamantly refusing to take the fight. They want nothing to do with Glover."

Teixeira is highly rated in MMA circles, and he finally got to show his talents on the biggest stage when he submitted Kyle Kingsbury on UFC debut. A rapid rise through the ranks is now expected.

However, Shogun's camp claim they have not even received official word that Silva is out of the UFC 149 battle, and therefore reports of a refusal to fight Teixeira are untrue.

"I just sent a message to the UFC. I'm waiting for their call", manager Julio Heller told Tatame. "It's not true at all."

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