Shogun Eyes End Of Career… Again
Former UFC and PRIDE light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has broken a promise to his wife once, but on the eve of UFC Sao Paulo, he refuses to do so again.
“My wife and my mom are rough,” Rua told MMA Fighting about his family wanting him to retire. “I have two fights left. It’s true now.”
When he married his wife Renata 12 years ago, he promised to retire after his next two fights, 18 fights later, Rua eyes the end.
“I face every fight I have as if it were my last,” Rua said as he prepares to fight Paul Craig in the event’s co-main event. “I don’t know if there’s going to be another one after Paul Craig, so this is how I see it right now.”
“People keep asking me why I don’t stop fighting,” Rua said. “I’ll stop when I want to stop. I’m the only athlete to win the UFC and PRIDE titles. I’m in the UFC Hall of Fame, and I’m financially set, so I’ll stop when I want to stop.
“I’ll stop when I don’t have the same physical condition and the same reflexes. I don’t mind the questions, but that’s too personal, you know? I still do great in sparring.”
“I don’t think I’m too old for this,” Rua concluded. “I’m young, I’m 37. Demian (Maia) is 42 and just reached his prime recently, (and) same for (Fabricio) Werdum. ‘Jacare’ (Souza) is 40. There are a lot of fighters around that age still doing well, and I’m younger than them. I know that if I stop now, I might regret in a few years. So I’d rather fight a bit more and then stop for good.”
Report: MMA Fighting