Mauricio Shogun Rua
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Mauricio Shogun Rua Considering Move to Middleweight Division

MMA legend Mauricio Shogun Rua might be considering a move to the UFC’s middleweight division, in light of his recent TKO loss in 34-seconds to Ovince Saint Preux, at this past weekends UFC Fight Night 56 in Uberlandia, Brazil.

The former PRIDE FC and UFC champion took to his official Facebook fan page to make a statement to his fans:

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 technical 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.
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With his recent loss, Shogun is now 1-4 in his past five trips to the UFC’s Octagon. Although he’s only 32-years-old, Shogun has been in many brutal wars in competition, as well as in the famous Chute Boxe camp in Brazil.

Many fans and media are calling for the former UFC light heavyweight champion to retire from competing, but Shogun has the heart of a warrior and will likely only go out on his terms.

If he does in fact move down to the UFC’s middleweight division, it will be interesting to see who the UFC would match him up against.