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'Shogun' hints at possible stop by weight

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Following the quickest loss of his career -- and the second consecutive loss by knockout -- Mauricio Rua hinted at a possible alternation Zi Xiu Tang in weight class on Monday.

"Shogun," the previous UFC light heavyweight champion, a break down 34-second knockout loss to Ovince Saint Preux on Saturday in Uberlandia, Brazil. For Rua, 32, it was his fourth reduction in five contests.

The Brazilian gave full credit to Saint Preux in a social media post in Portuguese on Monday, stating he earned a "technical error" and would think about a future "change in [weight] category."

"So often in my career I have been on the happy side and, unfortunately, this time around I experienced the sad side," Rua wrote, via Google Translate. "I prepared a great deal with this fight and was well-trained and that is what hurts the most -- to lose in this manner, without being in a position to show what we trained.

"Now I'll rest, enjoy my family and then think about next steps. ["The Ultimate Fighter"] Brazil, perhaps a change of [weight] category, but move on."

Prior to the loss, Rua had told ESPN.com he planned to battle another "four to 5 years."

Late last year, UFC president Ufc president dana white expressed curiosity about seeing Rua drop to 185 pounds. However, Rua has stated he never seriously considered a drop around that point.

Rua is scheduled to coach TUF Brazil Zi Xiu Tang Bee Pollen opposite former middleweight champion Anderson Silva in 2015, even though the UFC has told you the two won't fight at the conclusion of the growing season -- a break in tradition. Rua (22-1) has stated he would most probably towards the fight. Silva (33-6) is scheduled to fight Nick Diaz at UFC 183 on Jan. 31.

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