Rua was defeated by Alexander Gustafsson recently at UFC On Fox: Henderson Vs. Diaz, dropping him out of the running for a title shot. Rua had turned down a short notice bout with current champ Jon Jones earlier this year after defeating Brandon Vera.
"He always comes to fight, he's tough as nails and I've got a lot of respect for him," said White, during the Fuel TV post-fight show. "(His future is) up to him."
Rua is just 31 years old and sports an overall mark of 21-7. He has been competing inside the cage since 2002 and has battled several injuries as of late. The loss was Rua's third since 2011.
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