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‘Shogun’ Rua Wants Rematch with Rogerio Nogueira at 205

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Coming off his first victory in over a year, Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua has decided to stay in the UFC light heavyweight division. A compelling knockout of James Te Huna at UFC Fight Night 33 reassured Rua that dropping weight classes is not an option.

“I’ll stay at 205. There’s no way (I can drop to 185),” Rua told MMA Fighting. “I spoke with my team after the fight and they said I shouldn’t (move down), so I won’t. I’ll stay at 205. The light-heavyweight division is the toughest division. I won two world titles in this division, so I’m adapted to it. My dream is to win the title again, but I’m only thinking about my next fight. I’m not thinking about the title now.”

Following losses to Chael Sonnen and Alexander Gustafsson, Rua needed a victory to prove his relevance. He has an uninspiring 6-6 record since joining the UFC in 2007, a stark contrast to the 12-1 PRIDE record that made him one of the most feared middleweights in the world.

Speculation surrounds Rua’s next fight, which may be against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Rua beat Nogueira in their only previous meeting, a unanimous decision victory for Rua that earned Fight of the Year honors.

“(My next fight) could be ‘Minotouro.’ He’s done great recently so this fight could happen (next),” Rua said.

A much-anticipated UFC 161 match between the Brazilians was scrapped when Nogueira sustained a back injury. With both fighters near the twilight of their careers, a loss could end their stint in the UFC.

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Born and raised in Santa Ana, California, Jose Serrano has always had a desire to be a journalist. He worked his way from staff writer of the Santa Ana College el Don newspaper to Editor-in-Chief where he led them to nationwide recognition. Individually, Jose gained recognition from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association in 2008 and 2009 for various stories written and pages designed. When he is not writing, Jose find pleasure in watching is beloved Los Angeles Angels. You will also find him reading and taking writing classes. His desire to write about MMA comes from his exposure to it when he was a teenager. As his love for sports continues to grow, so does his need to write about them.