According to a Dec. 5 post from MMA Junkie, UFC President Dana White said on Wednesday night’s episode of “FOX Sports Live” on FOX Sports 1 that he will be forced to talk to "Shogun" Rua (21-8 MMA, 5-6 UFC) about retirement if he loses to James Te Huna (16-6 MMA, 5-2 UFC) in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 33.
The event takes place Saturday at Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Queensland, Australia.
“This is a huge fight for both of these guys,” White said on the show. “Obviously for ‘Shogun’ Rua, to be in this position right now fighting a guy like Te Huna – this is the fight of Te Huna’s life. If Te Huna wins this fight, it catapults him into the Top 10, everybody knows his name and everybody’s going to want to see what’s next for him.
“And yes, if ‘Shogun’ loses this fight, I probably would have that (retirement) conversation with him.”
White says the alternative would be for Rua to drop down to 185 pounds to make a run at the UFC's middleweight belt.
"It's not a bad idea. If he lost this fight, I'd be interested in giving him a run at 85," White said of Rua.
UFC Fight Night 33, which is headlined by a clash between Mark Hunt and "Bigfoot" Silva, airs live in the United States on Friday on FOX Sports 1.
"The thing is, for this fight, I didn't want to take the fight because we're both (American) Top Team affiliates, but if that's the case I might as well just stop fighting," Hunt said of his battle with Silva. "It's just one of those things, I'll have the same respect (for Silva), if not more after the fight.
"He's just another fighter at the end of the day for me, someone that's in my way."
UFC Fight Night 33 also features a main card bout between Ryan Bader and Anthony Perosh, plus a women's bantamweight clash between Julie Kedzie and Bethe Correia.