Mauricio “Shogun” Rua may be set for a light heavyweight match against James Te Huna on Dec. 7, but it doesn’t mean the former Pride and UFC champ will not look forward to his next move. In a loss, “Shogun” would be facing a three-fight skid, which usually causes either a cut in employment (unlikely for Rua) or a cut in weight. Luckily, Mauricio wouldn’t be opposed to the move down, as we learned yesterday during his UFC Fight Night Q&A session in Goiânia, Brazil.
“It might happen, but for now I have a fight scheduled,” Rua told the crowd in attendance. “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.”
Rua would be joining fellow fighter Lyoto Machida who had recently made the successful transition with a first round knockout of Mark Munoz (knockout of the night) at UFC Fight Night on Oct. 26. Another consideration is the quickest path to a title shot. Even with a win over Te Huna, Rua has a long journey ahead of him at 205. The drop may be just what the Chute Boxe legend needs to reignite the fire we once witnessed and convincing the fans and organization that he is a title contender.