Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua’s long and decorated MMA career has finally drawn to a close according to Dana White.
“I don’t know if it was a slip-up, but Dana White just indicated Shogun Rua is retired on the ESPN+ live stream Q&A,” MMAJunkie reporter Nolan King noted on Twitter.
White had previously indicated back in November that he thought Shogun should retire after watching him slump to a second round defeat by TKO (a verbal submission) against Paul Craig.
“I hope that tonight is his last night – I would like to see him retire,” White told reporters after UFC 252. “Just being honest: ‘Shogun’ didn’t look like ‘Shogun’ to me tonight. ‘Shogun’ looked old and like a shell of his former self tonight. So yeah, I’d like to see him hang it up, hopefully.”
It could be argued that the 39-year-old Shogun hasn’t looked quite like his old self in the Octagon for a number of years, though to his credit, the Brazilian star had still managed to compile a 5-1-1 record in the twilight years of his career prior to his final loss, defeating his old rival Antonio Rogerio Nogueira twice, Corey Anderson, Gian Villante and Tyson Pedro along the way.
When all is said and done though it’s Shogun’s achievements earlier in his career that will always be remembered, including a scintilating run in the PRIDE during which he won twelve of his thirteen fights and claimed the middleweight grand-prix along the way.
After moving on to the UFC, Shogun would go on to also win their light-heavyweight title by defeating Lyoto Machida, though his reign was to be shortlived after coming up against Jon Jones in his first title defense.
In total ‘Shogun’ bows out of the sport with a 27-12-1 record and some of his other most notable victories coming against the likes of Alistair Overeem, Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson, Forrest Griffin, Ricardo Arona and Kevin Randleman.