Prior to his bout with James Te Huna at UFC Fight Night 33, Mauricio Rua said that he was having thoughts about dropping from light heavyweight to middleweight. Many fans speculated that if he lost to Te Huna, he would consider making a run for the middleweight title before hanging up the gloves for good.
The night of the fight, Rua flatlined his opponent in just over one minute of the first round via left hook. This latest win advanced his UFC record to 6-6. After his outstanding victory, he told MMA Junkie at the post-fight press conference that he still hasn’t ruled out the possibility of a drop to the UFC’s middleweight division.
“Those kinds of decisions are made with my team,” he continued to MMAjunkie at the event’s post-fight news conference, which took place at Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Australia. “It’s up to my team to decide what’s next. I wouldn’t rule anything out at this moment, but rightfully so, we just want to celebrate. We’re going to celebrate the win. Then later on, we’ll talk.”
Prior to his victory, Rua was riding the first two-fight losing streak of his career. UFC President Dana White had stated that if Rua lost to Te Huna, then he would likely advise the former champ to retire. After the fight, White tweeted: “KO of the CENTURY!!!!!” Evidently, it’s not likely that he’s going suggest retirement for Rua anytime soon.