Could “Shogun” be next to drop to a new Division?

Posted: November 27, 2013 in Commentary/Opinion, Rumors

ShogunRuaI used to think moving around from weight class to weight class in MMA was a difficult thing to do. Sure, in boxing a guy can fight in multiple divisions rather easily since there seems to be a division at every half-pound. There’s been a recent run of fighters moving around lately and that trend is likely to continue.

Could Mauricio “Shogun” Rua join other former champs like Frankie Edgar, Lyoto Machida, BJ Penn and Vitor Belfort by reinvigorating his career at a new weight class? Maybe, but so fast, says Shogun.

“That’s a question everyone asks, about dropping to middleweight,” Rua recently said. “I’ve talked about it a lot with my manager and teammates, but I never gave serious thought to dropping in weight class. It could happen, but for now I am not thinking about it as I am booked to fight in my weight class, as a light heavyweight.”

His next fight will be what many consider an unnecessary fight against James Te Juna. Te Juna has never defeated a top level LHW in his career. Rua on the other hand is looking to rebound in what is widely viewed as a must win. He’s lost two in a row and is only 5-6 since signing with the UFC.

A loss could mean retirement—or forced retirement. Perhaps the weight shift speculation is being held as a last ditch effort to resurrect his career. If he does drop to 185, it won’t be easy.

“To be honest, I would have to undergo some medical examinations regarding the possible weight drop,” said Rua. “My walk-around weight is around 104, 105 kilograms (about 230 pounds). So to go down to 84 kilograms, I’d have to drop 20 kilograms (44 pounds).”

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