Former UFC champ Mauricio Rua is not earning an instant retirement selection just after UFC 255, but it seems he’s inclined to at least lean into Dana White’s information just after Saturday’s reduction to Paul Craig.
Rua (27-12-1 MMA, 11-10-1 UFC), a former UFC light-weight heavyweight champion, UFC Corridor of Fame inductee and Pride FC grand prix winner, succumbed to a next-spherical TKO in his rematch with Craig (14-4-1 MMA, 6-4-1 UFC) at UFC Apex in Las Vegas. “Shogun” seemed alternatively flat in the combat, and was unable to quit takedowns to the point he received trapped in rear mount and pounded on right up until he tapped out to strikes.
UFC president Dana White gave a blunt put up-fight evaluation of the Brazilian, saying Rua seemed “a shell of his previous self” and that he would like him to retire from MMA.
Rua has been discussing the possibility of retirement for some time, but always said he would determine his final decision on a battle-by-fight basis. It seems he’s heading to give it a critical dialogue just after UFC 255, even if he understands his performance was compromised by an elbow injury sustained in the opening moments of his bout (by using Instagram):
Regretably factors did not go out the way I would have preferred past night , and this is a component of our activity. I endured an injuries to my elbow on the initial time I was taken down, but this serves as no justification, as it is aspect of battling and it does not take way any deserves from my opponent.
An athletes’ career is not only produced of glory and thank God I was now blessed numerous times with the reward of victory, because of to a large amount of sacrifices and effort and hard work, that only those who stay our everyday routine seriously is familiar with what we go trough.
I want to thank all the remarkable assistance from you men, as constantly. I’m blessed for getting in a position to do this for 18 decades currently, and in this article in 2020 you guys are the excellent enthusiasm I carry with me, and that it can make me carry on this much. Now I’m likely to rest with my relatives, and feel about my job. I know that my mission in this sport goes way over and above the octagon as properly. Thanks a lot fellas 🙏🏻.
Rua has been an energetic fighter considering the fact that his MMA debut in November 2002. He’s shared the ring and octagon with much too several all-time greats to point out around the system of his vocation, and has set with each other a profession most could only desire of.
White mentioned pursuing UFC 255 that Rua nonetheless has two fights remaining on his existing UFC agreement. If Rua insists he wishes to continue his vocation, the UFC will have to make a choice of no matter whether to supply him those fights, or launch him from the deal very similar to what just transpired with fellow previous champ Anderson Silva.