Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has not only removed his head from the UFC chopping block, but he’s also formed a resurgence in his career with a throwback finish of James Te Huna at UFC Fight Night 33. Prior to the victory there was talks of Shogun even dropping down to middleweight in a loss. The former UFC champ says that’s no longer a consideration, as he stays in the 205 pound “toughest division.”
“I’ll stay at 205. 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. 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. (My next fight) could be ‘Minotouro.’ He’s done great recently so this fight could happen (next).” – MMAFighting
Rua looks to take on fellow Brazilian and stand-up specialist Minotouro Nogueira for his next assignment. “Lil Nog” has not been the most active fighter, suffering back-to-back injuries, setting him to only one fight in 2013. Of course that one victory was over former champ Rashad Evans.