Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Mauricio Rua isn't thinking about anything but his James Te Huna fight at the upcoming UFC Fight Night 33 event, which goes down on Dec. 7, 2013 from Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Queensland, Australia, on FOX Sports 1.
The Brazilian recognizes that times are tough and one more loss at 205 pounds -- where he's just 2-4 since coughing up his division title to Jon Jones in early 2011 -- could eliminate him from "the mix" for the foreseeable future. But would it be enough to warrant a drop to 185 pounds?
"Shogun" (via MMA Weekly) isn't ruling it out.
"It might happen, but for now I have a fight scheduled. I would have to do some medical exams to check if it's possible. Maybe I can (drop to 185) and maintain my performance. I would need to think about it, but that's something that can happen."
Rua (21-8) is coming off back-to-back losses for the first time in his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) career and is probably in a big hurry to erase the memory of his submission loss to Chael Sonnen, which took place at the UFC Fight Night 26 event last August in Boston.
Prior to surrendering to "The American Gangster," the former PRIDE fighter was outpointed by Alexander Gustafsson.
Despite a torrid run earlier in his career overseas, it may be the unfortunate reality that he's no longer competitive in this weight class, which has continued to evolve while "Shogun" has continued to devolve. He's not regressing in his skill set; however, multiple knee surgeries and suspect cardio are certainly not helping his cause.
Then again, if Te Huna gets KTFO next month "Down Under," the middleweight discussion will likely be no more.