James Te Huna wasn't the only thing "Shogun" dropped at UFC Fight Night 33.
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Mauricio Rua was flirting with a move to the 185-pound weight class, following back-to-back losses against Alexander Gustafsson and Chael Sonnen, the latter of which had him tapping out.
Then he put the screws to his Aussie foe "down under" and silenced the doubters.
For now, anyway, which means he's back in play at 205 pounds and already setting his sights on a potential rematch against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (via MMA Fighting). Rua holds a unanimous decision win over "Little Nog" from the PRIDE days.
"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)."
Assuming his fellow Brazilian can stay healthy.
Nogueira has become a punchline in the mixed martial arts (MMA) community for any and all jokes regarding fighter injuries. Slated to face the aforementioned Gustafsson (again) next spring, Nog was forced to bow out (again) after getting hurt in practice.
If and when he can get back inside the cage, is this a fight you're pining to see?