Shogun Rua Contemplates Weight Class Change Following 34-Second KO Loss

November 10, 2014
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The quick loss to Ovince St. Preux at UFC Fight Night 56 in Brazil on Saturday has former light heavyweight titleholder Mauricio “Shogun” Rua re-evaluating his career.

While the 32-year-old veteran has no intentions of retiring, he’s contemplating a possible change in weight class, according to a Facebook post he made on Monday.

I want to have my thanks registered here for all the support on my fight Saturday Night. I want to also thank you guys for all the showings of care and support after the fight.

Losing is always very bad, hurts a lot, but what’s hurting more is to lose without being able to show what I trained, and what I know. Fighting is fighting, and I know very well that in this weight class any punch that connects early on can cost a huge price. For many times in my career I was in the happy side and unfortunately this time I faced the sad side of this story. I know a lot of people will unload harsh words, some will make constructive criticism and others will take the chance to throw all sorts of jokes and offensive words as possible. Unfortunately this is all part of being in the spotlights, and it’s something that we as professional athletes, and mostly in Brazil, have to be always used to deal with.

As much as some will doubt it, I prepared myself a lot for this fight and was well trained, and this is what hurts the most about losing this way, without being able to show what I trained. Those who followed it, trained with me, or saw some of my training knows this. When you lose fighting some rounds, or even some minutes, in some ways it’s less of a suffering cause you were able to show what you got and what you prepared, and it wasn’t enough. But losing this way it’s certainly very frustrating.

I made a techincal mistake, maybe due to anxiety and a big will to get this win in Brazil in such an important moment of my career, and I paid the price. Props to St. Preux, It’s part of the game and he deserved the win.

Now I will rest, enjoy my family and then think about my next steps, TUF Brazil, maybe a weight class change, but I’ll keep on going cause winning is easy, but keep on battling and overcome the obstacles is what makes a true fighter. Thank you all for the support.

Rua’s a former Pride Grand Prix and UFC champion.  In his 14 fights inside the UFC Octagon, he’s earned three Fight of the Night honors and three Knockout of the Night awards.  He’s struggled in recent performances, losing four of his last five fights.

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  • Ian Price

    I’ve been waiting for him to drop to MW for a long time. If you only cut 5-10 lbs in the UFC, you have to drop…. The UFC is just too competitive not to. Unless you’re Frankie Edgar, but even he realized he needed to do something else.

    • powerboy55

      He definitely should give it a go.

  • Guest

    I’d like to see him drop down to flyweight

    • macarrech

      I dont think that much weight lost would be good for him.

  • who what huh

    Shogun should have thought of that before some of his recent debilitating losses. Don’t think middleweight will help much at that point as many middleweights are younger, better conditioned, faster, have taken less damage and that division’s finally filling up with contenders after being a thin one for quite a while.

  • drkdisciple

    Love the guy but the only thing he should contemplate is retirement. At this rate Shogun will suffer some serious brain damage.

  • uncle

    Shogun has poor defense still a good fighter