Mauricio "Shogun" Rua has a shot at the UFC Light Heavyweight Title on October 24th when he takes on Lyoto Machida at UFC 104 in Los Angeles.
It's a fight that many fans are looking forward to as both Rua and Machida are some of the top fighters in the light heavyweight division.
Machida seems unstoppable after seven consecutive convincing wins over the likes of Tito Ortiz, Thiago Silva, and most recently Rashad Evans at UFC 98, where Machida won the light heavyweight belt.
Shogun, meanwhile, is coming off of two consecuitve wins. Both TKO victories over Mark Coleman (UFC 93) and Chuck Liddell (UFC 97).
Even though Shogun Rua is considered to be a very talented fighter by most everybody in the industry, not many are giving him a chance at beating Machida. And while Shogun still has to wait until October 24th to prove the critics wrong, it hasn't stopped him from thinking towards the future.
In an interview with Brazilian website Terra.com.br, Rua stated that he was already considering the possibility of moving up to the heavyweight division, where he would take on the likes of Brock Lesnar, Frank Mir, and Minotauro Nogueira. If the money was right of course.
“Depending on the money, I would fight at heavyweight division," Rua told Terra.com.br. "If I receive a good proposal and my moment is good and it is great for my personal marketing, I would have to give it consideration.”
Though not only does Shogun think he could fight at the heavyweight level, he also thinks his upcoming opponent at UFC 104 might fair well in that division as well. Well enough that he could even topple the current heavyweight champion.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if Machida beats Brock [Lesnar]," Rua stated. "I think a light-heavyweight fighter can go up the weight class and take on a heavier guy like Lesnar. Lyoto would have real chances.”
It would definitely be a challenge for both Rua and Machida to move up to the heavyweight level to take on behemoths like Lesnar and Nogueira, just to name a few. But both fighters have tons of talent and both are relatively young with Machida at 31 years old and Rua only 27. So if they were to move up, the time might be right now while they're still young and fast and have most of their careers still ahead of them.