“Amazing Performance” Allows Shogun Rua to Fight at Whatever Weight He Wants

December 7, 2013
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Shogun Rua vs James Te Huna UFCFN33Once he was taken down by Chael Sonnen at UFC Fight Night 26 in Boston, Shogun Rua wouldn’t get back to his feet until after tapping out to a guillotine choke.

And once he walked out of the Octagon that night in August, he dealt with, more than ever before, chatter of him being better fit for a lighter weight class. The talk about fighting at 185 pounds followed him to Australia, where Shogun met rising light heavyweight fighter James Te Huna at UFC Fight Night 33.

What happened next stopped the middleweight banter … for now.

A first-round knockout of Te Huna said enough for Shogun and his case to stay at 205 pounds, but the former divisional champ went the extra mile at the post-fight news conference, saying decisions regarding weight classes won’t be made immediately.

“I don’t think about changing weight classes right now,” Rua said. “I’m not thinking about any belt or title right now; I’m thinking about my next fight and winning my next fight. This is my next dream, my next goal, and it’s what I’m going to fight hard and battle for.”

Shogun dropped his Fight Night foe with a left hook as Te Huna stepped forward, attempting to land a lead uppercut. The impact from Rua’s punch left Te Huna, an owner of 10 knockouts by his own right, collapsing to the canvas like a marionette that had its strings cut – seemingly lifeless.

An emotional Shogun threw one more punch for good measure, but it was unnecessary, as Te Huna as laid defenseless. Luckily for him, Rua’s follow-up punch just grazed his face.

When the winner was asked how he felt about Dana White’s comments when the UFC president was questioned about Rua dropping a weight class, Shogun chuckled, directing those questioning him to his boss’ Twitter page for clarification.

“I saw that he put on Twitter after the fight that this was a knockout of the century or something like that,” Rua said, adding, “so I think he was happy with my fight.”

And wouldn’t you know it, he was right.

“Shogun can stay at whatever weight class he wants to,” White tweeted. “His performance tonight was amazing.”

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  • drkdisciple

    Great performance however Shogun’s best days are behind him….never again will he be champion at LH.

    • Wolf Ticket

      You sure? Maybe he will start taking the Vitor medicine and all of a sudden look like 24 year old again 🙂

      • deepgrim

        he did do a bit of training with freddie roach so that will sharpen up anyones hands- he just didnt get a chance to show them against sonnen

  • Great KO and all but this win shouldn’t keep him from going to MW if he can make the cut. Maybe fights with guys like Evans, Cormier, Gustaf or Phil Davis would change his mind. Wouldn’t mind seeing him Thiago Silva next if that’s possible.

    • Junior

      he should go mw because he cant make a cut at lhw? shouldnt he be going hw instead then ?lol

    • deepgrim

      thats the leanest looking shogun i have seen in a while tho, i cant see him wanting to make the cut for mw in all fairness

  • Triggerman99

    Yeah let’s not get carried away. KO of the century? Really? Good win for Shogun, but that’s really all it was- a good win. He could stay at LHW I suppose, but he hasn’t made any noise at the top of the division in a long time. It’s still a better idea to drop to MW, IMO.

  • Junior

    people shouldnt complain for him to move weight divisions any more. if someone does they a moaner and a half. he clearly shown ppl that anyone can land a strike to end a fight weight doesnt mean the end all be all, thats why japanese loved that open weight shit. we westerners arent logical enough to see the WHOLE picture. sick ko

  • Stacreab

    Hendo/Bisping KO of the century

  • Raymond Gonzalez

    he should drop to MW since he seems to have his fire back. he could go a lot further there., imo.


    Not Whatever !!! he needs to drop to MW… he got no chance beating huge LHW like Jones or Gustaffson