Just two months shy of the biggest fight in his established fighting career, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua admits that if the right offer came up he would move up to heavyweight and possibly face off with men such as Shane Carwin, Brock Lesnar or even Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic.
In a recent conversation with the Brazilian website Terra.com.br, Shogun admitted,”Depending on the money I would fight at heavyweight division. If I receive a good proposal and my moment is good and it is great for my personal marketing, I would have to give it consideration.”
First things first for the 27 year old knockout specialist from Curitiba, Brazil; on October 24 Rua will face be in the fight of his life as he meets up with Lyoto Machida for the UFC light-heavyweight championship at UFC 104.
Shogun will be coming back from consecutive TKO stoppages over Mark Coleman and Chuck Liddell after being derailed at the hands of Forrest Griffin in his UFC debut, while Machida has gone undefeated in his professional career, knocking out Rashad Evans at UFC 98 to obtain the title.
*props to Fighters Only Magazine for the find