To say that Mauricio “Shogun” Rua had his back up against the wall might have been an understatement.
The former Pride Middleweight Grand Prix champion and UFC Light heavyweight champion had back-to-back losses against former title challengers Alexander Gustafsson and Chael Sonnen. UFC President Dana White mentioned he might have to have a talk with Rua had he lost the fight.
Yet when Shogun stepped into the cage against James Te Huna, Dec. 7, the Brazilian fighter delivered a left hook that sent the New Zealand fighter to the canvas. The performance earned praise. The UFC President referred to the knockout as the “KO of the Century.”
Prior to the match, Rua had contemplated moving from light heavyweight to middleweight, but in a recent interview with MMAJunkie.com, the former champion confirmed that he would stay at light heavyweight. He added that he was looking toward his next fight rather than calling for a title shot.
Although I’m sure he would find success at 185 pounds, I think it’s a good move for Shogun to stick at light heavyweight as there are still a few good fights for him at 205, including Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Dan Henderson.
If Rua can get a couple of more wins under his belt, he could earn his way to a title match, or at least end his career on a high note.
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