Shogun Rua will go down in the MMA hall of fame. He has captured titles in both the UFC and Pride, with wins over the likes of Chuck Liddell, Lyoto Machida, Mark Coleman, Alistair Overeem, Kevin Randleman and many more.
Last night at UFC 255, he tapped out due to strikes from Paul Craig, who is a top 15 Light Heavyweight. However, in his last eight fights, this is just the second loss for Shogun.
Despite still being ranked in the top 15 of his division and having a solid record as of late, Dana White has stated that he hopes Shogun hangs it up. This is likely on account of the high standard Shogun has set for himself over the years, and White wants the legend to go out before his record diminishes.
“I hope that tonight is his last night” Dana White said. “I would like to see him retire. 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.”
“I think he has two fights left on his deal,” White said. “But I would like to see him retire.”
Shogun took to his Instagram, to post the following statement, regarding last night:
“Unfortunately things didn’t go out the way I would have liked last night , and this is a part of our sport. 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.”
We will wait and see what’s next for Rua, but his legacy is cemented as one of the greats.
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