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Shogun Rua teasing middleweight move

After a devastating loss to Ovince St. Preux, Mauricio Rua is considering making some changes.

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For Mauricio Rua, the next step in his career is already pretty much set in stone. He's going to be coaching the next season of TUF Brazil. Tryouts have already taken place, talent is being sorted, and he and Anderson Silva will direct competing teams of fresh new fighters. At the end of it all they'll fight... other people, not each other. But that may not be because the two men inhabit different weight classes, as "Shogun" appears to be taking a much more considered look at the middleweight division after his most recent, and crushing, loss to Ovince St. Preux. He gave the following statement on his Facebook page:

I want to have my thanks registered here for all the support on my fight Saturday Night. I want to also thank you guys for all the showings of care and support after the fight.

Losing is always very bad, hurts a lot, but what's hurting more is to lose without being able to show what I trained, and what I know. Fighting is fighting, and I know very well that in this weight class any punch that connects early on can cost a huge price. For many times in my career I was in the happy side and unfortunately this time I faced the sad side of this story. I know a lot of people will unload harsh words, some will make constructive criticism and others will take the chance to throw all sorts of jokes and offensive words as possible. Unfortunately this is all part of being in the spotlights, and it's something that we as professional athletes, and mostly in Brazil, have to be always used to deal with.

As much as some will doubt it, I prepared myself a lot for this fight and was well trained, and this is what hurts the most about losing this way, without being able to show what I trained. Those who followed it, trained with me, or saw some of my training knows this. When you lose fighting some rounds, or even some minutes, in some ways it's less of a suffering cause you were able to show what you got and what you prepared, and it wasn't enough. But losing this way it's certainly very frustrating.

I made a techincal mistake, maybe due to anxiety and a big will to get this win in Brazil in such an important moment of my career, and I paid the price. Props to St. Preux, It's part of the game and he deserved the win.
Now I will rest, enjoy my family and then think about my next steps, TUF Brazil, maybe a weight class change, but I'll keep on going cause winning is easy, but keep on battling and overcome the obstacles is what makes a true fighter. Thank you all for the support.

So, what do you think? Is a move to middleweight the solution to what's ailing Shogun? Any interest in seeing him maybe face Rich Franklin or Cung Le at 185?