Shogun Rua Not Sure Middleweight Drop Is Possible

Shogun Rua Not Sure Middleweight Drop Is Possible

Some reports that former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua could entertain a drop to middleweight seem to be just rumors at this point.

Rua is set to face James Te Huna in Australia this December at UFC Fight Night 33. After back-to-back losses, the Brazilian finds himself at 5-6 overall inside the Octagon and in desperate need of a victory.

So, is 185 pounds something Rua (21-8) could do?

“To be honest, I would have to undergo some medical examinations regarding the possible weight drop,” said Rua, during a recent interview with MMAjunkie.com. “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).”

That would be quite a change in lifestyle between fights for the 12-year-veteran. Concerning the move, he added “Maybe I wouldn’t be able to do it. I’d have to work on that with my team. But it is something that could happen, yes.”

3 COMMENTS
  • Screenplaya says:

    Uh….looking at Rua on film it appears clear that he could definitely make 185, and wouldn’t even be a big middleweight. He is the chubbiest fighter outside of the heavyweight division.

    I wish we could get rid of weight-cutting, but until that happens, Shogun should call Mike Dolce and make the changes needed to move to 185.

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  • SBERG says:

    Sorry but this dude isn’t exactly the poster child for hard work and dedication anymore, his body is old beyond his years. He was a real warrior at one time for sure but that time has long since passed….Even if he makes 185 he’ll be so worn out from getting there he’ll be a zombie in the octagon….

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    Shogun rua not sure putting the hard work to cut to mw is possible

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