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UFC FN 56: “Shogun” Rua Discusses Loss, Mentions Possible Move in Weight Class

Kelsey Mowatt

UFC

Although “Shogun” Rua has dropped four of his last five fights, and has been stopped in consecutive bouts, it looks like the fighter has no intention of wrapping up his storied career.

Following Rua’s quick loss to Ovince St. Preux on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 56, the light-heavyweight said he was going to discuss the stunning loss with his team.

Well, recently “Shogun” posted the following message on his Facebook account, which indicates he’s thinking about possibly changing weight classes.

Here is some of what he had to say:

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.

Of course, Rua fans will be happy to read this, as the star is just 32 years old. That said, there’s no denying that the former champ has struggled in recent years, regardless of whether one buys into the ‘he just got caught’ narrative.

For some time now, observers have wondered how Rua would look at 185, but “Shogun” has been reluctant to make the drop. Considering this recent run, however, there’s no question something has to change.

In addition, Rua is no longer in title contention at 205, so if he can make the move to 185 safely, then why not right? It will be also interesting to see where the UFC and Dana White comes in on this. Rua may be a big star, but the UFC will likely want to see the fighter change things up, if they’re going to keep handing him big checks.

Since Rua stopped Brandon Vera in August, 2012, the fighter has been defeated by Alexander Gustafsson, Chael Sonnen, Dan Henderson and “OSP”. His only win during that time came via KO over James Te Huna last December.

The PRIDE vet is 4-6 in his last 10 fights and holds an overall record of 22-10.

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