Mauricio “Shogun” Rua came to the UFC with a 16-2 record, fighting at what was often regarded the pinnacle of MMA. He scored eight straight victories at one point with the PRIDE organization, capped off with a championship in the 2005 PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix.
However, his recent run in the Ultimate Fighting Championship — which began with a submission loss to Forrest Griffen, in one of the year’s biggest upsets — has seen the Brazilian win only six of thirteen bouts. Four of those losses are by submission or technical knockout. He won the UFC Light Heavyweight title back in 2010, but lost in his first defense to current titleholder Jon Jones; and more recently has lost three of his last four bouts.
Some fans have pondered if the time has come for the Brazilian fighting legend to hang up his gloves.
Apparently, Rua’s family is asking the same thing.
In a recent interview with Brazilian TV show, “Agora é Tarde,” Rua admitted that his family has tried to convince him to retire.
“My mother asks me ‘you really have to fight?’” Rua said, as transcribed by MMAFighting.com, “and I say that’s my job, mom.”
“I do this for 13 years,” he said. “Every month, my wife and my mother meet and try to make me stop (fighting), but I tell them that’s what I love to do.”
Rua returns to the Octagon in November to face Jimi Manuwa at UFC Fight Night 56 in Brazil.