The UFC's light heavyweight roster is deep but Griffin's loss does hurt. He was likely being targeted for co-main event status in July or August (suspended by NSAC until June 27). It could be a blessing in disguise for guys like Wanderlei Silva, Chuck Liddell and Shogun Rua. With Griffin out of the way and a big win in the next fight they could all quickly be in the mix to face the Rashad Evans-Quinton Jackson winner.
When the UFC bought Japan's Pride Fighting organzation, Rua was considered the hottest commodity. The 27-year-old fell out of the mix after suffering a loss to Griffin that was sandwiched between several bad injuries over the last two years. If healthy, Rua could quickly put himself in position for a title shot. He destroyed Jackson in a 2005 fight. Rua says his jiu-jitsu and striking will eventually take out light heavyweight champ Rashad Evans.
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