Funny how things can change in the blink of an eye, and the swing of an arm.
“Shogun” seemed to be between a rock and a hard place; he was coming off of consecutive losses to Alexander Gustafsson and Chael Sonnen, and was facing James Te Huna next – a man who was nowhere near the top of the division, but had the power to put “Shogun” in serious danger.
“Shogun” spoke with MMAFighting.com about his UFC Fight Night 33 victory (and his future plans), and explained that he saw his opponent not as a threat, but as the perfect match-up for his aggressive style.
“It didn’t make it easier, but the fight was more dynamic,” he said. “That’s my style, and that’s what I like to do.”
“I don’t fight waiting for the knockout, but that’s something that can happen because of the small gloves you can knock anybody out with one punch. Thanks God I had some first-round knockouts in my career and that’s what I always go for, and I got the win.” Rua said.
And even though there were whispers of “Shogun” moving down to the middleweight division after his UFC Fight Night 33 win, it looks like he will continue to call 205 his home.
“I’ll stay at 205,” Rua said. “There’s no way [I can drop to 185]. 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,” he continued. “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.”
“Shogun” had changed it up a bit for his last fight, training at Demian Maia’s gym in Sao Paulo… and it seems that he is going to stick with what works.
“I trained at Demian Maia’s gym in Sao Paulo for two and a half months and everything went perfect,” he said. “The most important is that I won, so I want to dedicate this victory to Demian Maia’s team.”
As far as what’s next for the “Shogun”? A rematch with “Minotouro” might be in order.
“Sure, [my next fight] could be ‘Minotouro.’ He’s done great recently so this fight could happen [next].”
And even though they might not be quite the fighters they once were, hopefully the memory of their classic battle will inspire these two men to rise to the occasion, if they do meet inside of the Octagon.Tags: Alexander Gustafsson, antonio rogerio nogueira, Chael Sonnen, Dana White, demian Maia, James Te Huna, light heavyweight, lil nog, Mauricio shogun rua, middleweight, Minotouro, mma, MMA NEWS, Nog, Pride, Rua, Shogun, ufc, UFC Fight Night 33, ufc news