Chances are not too many people predicted Mauricio “Shogun” Rua would be at risk of leaving the top ten light-heavyweight rankings as 2013 neared its end, but as he approaches UFC Fight Night 33 this Friday, that’s precisely the case.
While the former light-heavyweight champ’s loss to Alexander Gustafsson last December was a setback, most fans and pundits believed Rua would get by Chael Sonnen in August. Instead, Rua was quickly tapped out by the former middleweight contender, to hand the PRIDE vet his first consecutive loss.
While speaking to MMA Fighting.com recently, here’s what the 32 year-old had to say about the disappointing defeat:
“A loss will always bother you, it’s in the past,” Shogun said. “If I think about this all the time going into this fight it could be frustrating to me. I don’t want to think about this anymore. It’s in the past, but a loss is a loss.”
Focusing on his next opponent, Mr. James Te Huna, is probably wise. Although the light-heavyweight doesn’t have as many big wins as Shogun, we are talking about a man who has a propensity for finishing fights. 13 of Te Huna’s victories are via stoppage or submission.
“I expect a tough fight,” Rua said about Te Huna. “He’s a good fighter that likes to stand and bang. It will be a great fight, for sure. He like to use his hands and I like to use my muay thai, so it will be cool.
“I don’t know if his style benefits me, but that’s a match-up that I like more (than wrestlers) because he goes there to fight.”
It definitely has the potential to be an entertaining and violent affair. UFC FN 33 will be hosted by the Brisbane Entertainment Center in Brisbane, Australia, Friday.