UFC veteran Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua has revealed that he’s going to take time to consider his future in the sport after suffering a TKO loss in his rematch with Paul Craig on Saturday night at UFC 255.
“Unfortunately things didn’t go out the way I would have liked last night , and this is a part of our sport,” Shogun said on Instagram.
“I suffered an injury to my elbow on the first time I was taken down, but this serves as no excuse, as it is part of fighting and it doesn’t take way any merits from my opponent.
An athletes’ career is not only made of glory and thank God I was already blessed many times with the reward of victory, due to a lot of sacrifices and effort, that only those who live our everyday routine really knows what we go trough.
I want to thank all the amazing support from you guys, as always. I’m blessed for being able to do this for 18 years already, and here in 2020 you guys are the great motivation I carry with me, and that it makes me continue this far.
Now I’m going to rest with my family, and think about my career. I know that my mission in this sport goes way beyond the octagon as well. Thanks a lot guys.”
Dana White was among those who had suggested after the fight that the 38-year-old star should consider hanging up his gloves, stating at the post-fight press conference that Shogun “looked a shell of his former self.”
“I hope it is, I hope that tonight was his last night. I would like to see him retire.”