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UFC’s Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua considering move to middleweight

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Former UFC light heavyweight champ 'Shogun' Rua considers a drop to middleweight (Getty)

Former Pride Grand Prix and UFC champion Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua is one of the most accomplished light heavyweights in MMA's young history and has another 205 pound contest scheduled against James Te Huna next month but he is still considering a drop down to middleweight. During a recent question and answer session with fans in his native Brazil, Rua said that he is open to moving down in weight, thought it would be a challenge.

“Maybe I can [drop down to middleweight] and maintain my performance,” he said.

“I would need to think about it, but that’s something that can happen.”

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"Shogun" has lost two straight fights, to Chael Sonnen and Alexander Gustafsson, and is shorter than many top light heavyweights.

“I would have to do some medical exams to check if it’s possible," Rua explained.

"My normal weight is 228, 231 pounds...It might happen, but for now I have a fight scheduled."

The Brazilian's opponent for UFC Fight Night on Dec. 6, Te Huna, won four straight UFC fights before being submitted by top contender Glover Teixeira last May.

Do you think "Shogun" could revive his career by dropping twenty pounds? Let us know in the comments section.

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