Rickety old Brazilian beach shack Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will hobble his way into the Octagon this weekend, with ancient fighter headlining UFC Fight Night 134 opposite Anthony Smith in Hamburg, Germany. Since Germany hasn’t exactly set the MMA world on fire in terms of star athletes, and there is only so much Nick Hein to go around, the good people at the UFC have dusted off the former PRIDE FC star-turned-former UFC champ and called him up for action.
And given that Smith has a propensity for banging it out on the feet – which has always been Shogun’s bread and butter – Sunday’s event could be another chance to get a glimpse of the Shogun of old. Or not. Maybe the Brazilian will get clobbered, because his body began falling apart about eight years ago, and why retire because of something like that?
Savor these moments.
Shogun has managed to find wins in his last three fights, with the UFC wisely pitting him against foes who pose only a marginal threat to his well-being. But these moments are inevitably fleeting.
Remember his battle with Lil’ Nog? Dan Henderson? Those hotly-contested fistfights may have cemented Shogun’s reputation as the man who will keep fighting when there’s nothing left, but they take a toll.
The clock is ticking. And soon Shogun will be white-haired Brazilian dude shouting Portuguese from a wheelchair at cageside.