Since Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has lost four of his last five fights, calls for the former light-heavyweight champ to move down to 185 have likely never been louder. Although Rua is just 33 year’s old, clearly the legendary fighter needs to change things up, and for some time folks have wondered how he’d look at middleweight.
Well, Rua’s manager, Eduardo Alonso, recently spoke to Portal do Vale Tudo. While discussing whether “Shogun” should drop down from 205, Alonso relayed that he’d like to see Rua fight at a catch-weight of 195 first. Alonso noted that other fights like Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva have done the same, and that cutting straight to 185 could be “complicated”.
Then, while discussing who Rua could fight at 195 pounds, his manager stated (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“If I could choose, I’d love to see him fighting Michael Bisping,” Alonso said. “Bisping has a fight coming up in April, so it’s too soon to imagine what’s next, and it’s not even set with the UFC yet if he’s really going to fight at catchweight or not.”
How about that for a proposal? It’s certainly a fight a lot of people would like to see. But, would Bisping be interested? Considering he is still a top ten ranked middleweight? Well, the British fighter clearly heard about Alonso’s proposal and tweeted the following in response:
I hear shoguns manager said shogun is interested in a fight with me at a catch weight of 195lbs. After my fight coming up, I’m in!!!
Bisping is scheduled to battle CB Dollaway at UFC 186 on April 25th. Bisping is coming off a second round, submission loss to Luke Rockhold in November, while Dollaway was quickly taken out by Lyoto Machida in December.
As far as Rua goes, he’s looking to rebound from an opening round, TKO loss to Ovince St. Preux in November, which followed another stoppage loss to Dan Henderson last March.
So, depending on what unfolds in the coming months, perhaps Rua-Bisping could materialize at some juncture.