Taking out Te Huna isn’t exactly headline material, but there’s no question “Shogun” looked sharp in the showdown. He was aggressive and appeared to be in tremendous shape. Since Rua has said he wants to stay at 205 pounds for now, there’s no need to consider middleweight options for the PRIDE icon. Rather, an adversary along the lines of Ryan Bader and Phil Davis is more likely to surface as his next opponent. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira could also come into play if Rua is willing to wait until “Minotoro” heals up. However, a more intriguing candidate is Dan Henderson. He and Rua turned in an absolute classic two years ago that either could have ended up winning. Henderson got the nod that time. Why not give “Shogun” a shot at redemption (assuming the UFC re-signs Henderson)? (PHOTO CREDIT: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)
Every win in the Octagon is important. Of course, some are more notable than others. In the case of UFC Fight Night 33, a few up-and-coming youngsters exited the event with impressive debuts in tow, while seasoned veterans like Mauricio Rua and Ryan Bader dominated their respective rumbles. Here’s a look at what might be next for the evening’s biggest victors, as well as thoughts on what’s down the road for Antonio Silva-Mark Hunt after their jaw-dropping, edge-of-your-couch clash in the main event.
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