Following a surprising, submission loss to Chael Sonnen at UFC FN 26, “Shogun” Rua’s career has entered unknown territory, as for the first time since he started fighting professionally the former champ has lost two bouts in a row (he lost by UD to Alexander Gustafsson last December). So, as the 31 year-old continues to prepare for his upcoming, UFC FN 33 bout with light-heavyweight James Te Huna, there is no shortage of speculation as to what the future holds for the PRIDE vet.

For example, while attending a recent Q&A session in Brazil, Rua was asked about the possibility of moving to middleweight, just as fellow former champ Lyoto Machida has recently done (comments via MMA Fighting.com):

“It might happen, but for now I have a fight scheduled,” Rua said. “I would have to do some medical exams to check if it’s possible.”

“My normal weight is 228, 231 pounds. “Maybe I can (drop to 185) and maintain my performance,” he said. “I would need to think about it, but that’s something that can happen.”

If possible, it could serve as way for Rua to get back into another title shot race, who has just one win in his last four fights ( a stoppage victory over Brandon Vera at UFC on FOX 4 last August). If the Brazilian fighter usually walks around 230, however, clearly making the drop to middleweight would take some time.

Of course, first “Shogun” has to avoid a third consecutive loss, which would be another massive setback. Although Te Huna was quickly tapped out by Glover Teixeira at UFC 160, the Australian fighter is clearly a dangerous opponent. 13 of Te Huna’s 16 pro wins have come via submission or stoppage…

UFC FN 33 will go down December 7th, in Brisbane, Australia. Stay tuned to MMA Convert for all your UFC news and coverage.