Since losing the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship to Jon Jones in 2011, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has only won two of his last five fights, dropping two unanimous decisions to Dan Henderson and Alexander Gustafsson, and most recently dropping a first round submission loss to Chael Sonnen. The thirty-two year old Brazilian star is currently scheduled to fight James Te Huna at UFC Fight Night 33.
According to The Inquisitr, Shogun recently indicated that he is considering a drop to middleweight after his bout with Te Huna.
As for his opponent, Shogun shared his thoughts on him as well, and he didn’t sound like the confident Shogun that we all know from his Pride years.
Here are Shogun’s own words from The Inquisitir:
“Maybe I can [drop to 185] and maintain my performance. I would need to think about it, but that’s something that can happen.”
“He’s an aggressive fighter and I know it will be tough,” he said. “I like this fight because of his style. I don’t think of this fight as definitive for my career. I have no obligation to win, only to do my best.”
“This fight is going to be difficult, the guy is good in boxing, and I will have to fight my best to leave the cage as the winner. My focus only is training and evolving. As long as my body is good, I will be fighting.”
If Rua makes the drop to middleweight, he’ll be in the same division as his friend and former training partner, Wanderlei Silva. The two have both said in the past that they would never fight each other, but UFC President Dana White does have a way of making fighters do things they don’t want to do.