Video: Shogun Rua wants to fight 6-7 more years, eyes potential Dan Henderson rematch

"Shogun" may be down, but he's far from out.

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Mauricio Rua wants to fight for another six or seven years in his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) career.

That includes a future rematch against Dan Henderson.

I'm probably not the only one who thinks that another insane, five-round war against "Hendo," which many pundits pegged as "Fight of the Year" back in 2011, would leave "Shogun" unable to compete for another six or seven rounds, let alone years.

The Brazilian talks to MMA Interviews:

"I'm 31 years old. I am very young. I want to fight for six or seven more years. I have 10 fights more. I fight whoever UFC wants, I fight anywhere, no problem for me. [Henderson] fight everybody wants. Me too. Dan Henderson good fighter. I respect him. I fight for my fans, my family and for UFC."

Rua has some work to do if he wants to stay competitive at light heavyweight.

After coughing up his title to Jon Jones at UFC 128, the former PRIDE FC attraction is just 2-3, including consecutive losses to Alexander Gustafsson and Chael Sonnen, the latter of which saw him submitted by way of first-round guillotine choke.

But like he said, he's still young, so there's still time to get this thing turned around, starting with a 205-pound slugfest opposite James Te Huna at UFC Fight Night 33 later this year in Australia (details).

Who's optimistic?

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