Last Saturday (Mar. 19) during UFC 128, Shogun fans stood in astonishment as the 23 year old up-and-comer with only three years of training in the sport dismantled the now former champ Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua. Many questioned Rua’s stamina and speed as he was outclassed in both by the younger fighter.
Journalist and fans alike refuse the explanation by Jone’s camp saying it was tactical attacks that took the fuel away from the game Shogun. Many credited the performance to a long lay-off, a bad knee, and possibly a bad camp as Shogun was criticized for only working in a private, personal gym. Rua’s camp retorts on PVT saying that this is not the case and they will be back on top again.
“There are no excuses! Now what remains is to work hard and begin our way back to the top. For those who find means to criticize the posture of our team for statements made to the press, Jon Jones looked for me on Sunday night in the hotel hall to apologize for his behavior in the press, that it was part of the pre-fight plan and he emphasized his admiration for Shogun. Let’s get back to work. Shogun made it before and will do it again.”