At UFC Fight Night 26, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua walked into the octagon a heavy favorite to beat Chael Sonnen. Unfortunately for Rua, life doesn’t always work out the you plan.
Sonnen outwrestled Shogun from the get-go and submitted him with just thirteen seconds left in the first round. The first round submission loss to Sonnen was a shock to many MMA fans. Very few people expected a wrestler to submit a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt so easily.
In a recent interview with MMA Fighting, Shogun reflected on his loss to Sonnen and also talked about his upcoming bout with James Te Huna.
“A loss will always bother you, it’s in the past,” Shogun told MMAFighting.com. “If I think about this all the time going into this fight it could be frustrating to me. I don’t want to think about this anymore. It’s in the past, but a loss is a loss.”
Moving on from his loss to Sonnen, Shogun is now focusing all of his energy on his UFC Fight Night 33 bout against Te Huna. To prep for his upcoming battle against the hard hitting Australian, Shogun felt he needed to change things up a bit, so he left the city of Curitiba to train at Demian Maia’s gym in Sao Paulo.
“I’ve been training in Sao Paulo for over a month, and I’ll be training here for the rest of my camp,” he said. “My camp has been great at Demian Maia’s team.”
Contrary to his bout against Sonnen, Shogun expects a striking battle this time.
“I expect a tough fight,” he said. “He’s a good fighter that likes to stand and bang. It will be a great fight, for sure. He like to use his hands and I like to use my muay thai, so it will be cool.”
“I don’t know if his style benefits me, but that’s a match-up that I like more (than wrestlers) because he goes there to fight.”
As for a potential drop to middleweight, the thirty-two year old Brazilian stated that he would have to take that over with his team prior to making any official decisions.
“I haven’t spoken with my team yet,” he said. “If they believe it’s a good move, I’ll do it. It may be a tough decision and I need to think about this, but it’s a possibility that I won’t rule out. But it would be tough to cut to 185.”
UFC Fight Night 33 takes place on December 7th at Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.