According to a report Tuesday on ProMMAInsider.com, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua has decided his future lays within the light heavyweight division. Fresh off one of the most memorable KO's in UFC history, Rua has decided to keep competing at 205 lbs. after originally contemplating dropping to middleweight. At UFC Fight Night 33 in Australia, Rua crushed James Te Huna, prompting UFC president Dana White to label it the "KO of the century."
"I’ll stay at 205," "Shogun" told MMAFighting.com. "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," he continued. "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."
A former light heavyweight heavyweight champion in the UFC, he also revealed that he will remain in Sao Paulo to train at Demian Maia's gym for his next fight, which he hopes will be against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
"I trained at Demian Maia’s gym in Sao Paulo for two and a half months and everything went perfect," he said. "The most important is that I won, so I want to dedicate this victory to Demian Maia’s team.
"Sure, (my next fight) could be ‘Minotouro.’ He’s done great recently so this fight could happen (next)."
Before his most recent win, Rua was on a slide, dropping consecutive contests to Alexander Gustafsson and Chael Sonnen. He considered Te Huna's style to be a perfect remedy for his ails.
"It didn’t make it easier, but the fight was more dynamic," he said. "That’s my style, and that’s what I like to do.
"I don’t fight waiting for the knockout, but that’s something that can happen because of the small gloves you can knock anybody out with one punch. Thanks God I had some first-round knockouts in my career and that’s what I always go for, and I got the win."