The best lies are usually the ones we tell ourselves, and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has convinced himself of a doozy.
It was just a few weeks ago that we saw him headline UFC Fight Night 134, where young buck Anthony Smith knocked him silly in a minute and a half. Given the Brazilian legend’s mileage, and the knockouts we’ve watched him sustain in the Octagon in recent years, you’d think Shogun would have a realistic grasp on the decline of his abilities.
But nope. Like every fighter who’s conned his rational mind into believing there’s more fight left in his old bones, he thinks he was doing okay in the Smith fight until he suddenly was not, and he ain’t retiring until his contract is up. Uh, bro…
As per MMAFighting:
“Everything went right up until the end of the fight,” Rua told MMA Fighting. “I had a good camp, I had no injuries, I was 100 percent, and unfortunately he landed a straight punch and I got dizzy and he followed up with a flurry of punches and the referee stopped the fight. I think that my mistake was being a little exposed, and that’s when he landed.”
“I want to end this contract and then I think I’ll probably stop,” Rua said. “I don’t know. I’ll analyze it with my family and my team, everybody.”
Like many times before in his career, Rua’s wife and mother tried to convince him to retire after the loss to Smith.
“Yes. All the time,” Rua said, laughing. “They ask for that, but they understand me. Fighting is my work, my career and my passion, so there’s a lot involved. I will stop when I see it really is the right time to stop.”