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Rua welcomes Strikeforce foes to the fold

Updated: March 15, 2011, 1:21 PM ET
By Chuck Mindenhall

NEWARK -- Count UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio Rua among those who are jazzed about the influx of new faces soon to make their way into the Octagon.

While having lunch at a Brazilian restaurant in Newark on Monday, just five days before his first UFC title defense against Jon Jones, "Shogun" applauded Zuffa's landscape-changing splurge and said he was happy that his division -- just as the others -- would soon be crowded with talent.

"I think it's pretty cool, because ...

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