Heading into his UFC Fight Night 33 bout against James Te Huna, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua heard all sorts of talk about his future. Some said he'd have to retire if he lost. Others said the former UFC light heavyweight and PRIDE Grand Prix champion would have to drop down to middleweight if he wants to move forward.
Rua's response, in so many words: Let me take a break first.
"Shogun" put an emphatic end to his retirement talk with his one-punch, first-round knockout of Te Huna in Brisbane, Australia.
Then, at the post-fight press conference, he said he pointed out he's had three fight camps -- for a canceled bout with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, his fight with Chael Sonnen, and Te Huna -- and will make a decision later.
"Actually right now, I'd like to take a little break," Rua said through an interpreter. "But if the UFC wants me to fight again, I'll fight again. I had three fight camps in a row, I had the fight with Little Nog but it didn't happen, then Sonnen, then this one. So I'd like to take a little break, and I really don't have anyone in mind right now."
Same goes for whether "Shogun" will stay at light heavyweight or drop down to 185 pounds.
"I won't rule anything out," Rua said. "Right now, I just want to celebrate my win."