After a tough year inside the octagon, it appears as though Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is in desperate need of a career resurrection.
Having not won a bout in the year since his four-round war with Brandon Vera in which he earned a technical knockout victory, Rua realizes the urgent need to get back on track with a win over James Te Huna at UFC Fight Night 33. That being said, Rua has not ruled out the prospect of a move to middleweight. At a recent Q&A session building up to Fight Night 32, Shogun addressed the possibility of a drop to 185 lbs.
“It may happen, but for now I have a fight scheduled. I would have to do some medical exams to see if it’s possible. My normal weight is 228, 231 pounds. Maybe I can and maintain my performance. I would need to think about it, but that’s something that can happen.”
The possibility of a middleweight Shogun offers a wide range of exciting matchups. Several other light heavyweights have made the drop with success, such as Wanderlei Silva, Brian Stann, and more recently, Lyoto Machida. Shogun vs. Machida III, anyone?
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