Never mind that Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has won his last three fights. He’s been fighting for so long, accomplished so much, and suffered so greatly, that given his mileage, every moment we get with him should be cherished. Because it could be the last one we get.

The main event of UFC Fight Night 134 has Shogun taking on Anthony Smith, a jumped-up former middleweight who, in his light-heavyweight debut, wrecked Rashad Evans. Granted, Evans is old as time, too, but still. A win over a name like that counts for something… and that something is a main event slot opposite a fading Brazilian legend.

They come out doing their respective Muay Thai shuffles, but it doesn’t take long for Smith to plant a front kick right on Shogun’s grill. That’s Shogun’s cue to come forward aggressively – which results in Smith battering him with punches until Shogun literally drops his arms and stands there absorbing punishment. He is out, despite being upright, and the ref jumps in.

Time to give Smith a real test.

 

Results: Anthony Smith def. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua via TKO (Punches) at 1:29, R1