Dana White Reveals Sad News About Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua

Published 01/05/2021, 11:07 PM EST


Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua is without a doubt one of the greatest mixed martial artists ever. The former Pride champion has shared the octagon with some of the greatest fighters ever and has more often than not come out on top. He is also a former light heavyweight champion in the UFC, having won the belt at UFC 113, knocking out Lyoto Machida. 

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However, the past few fights in the UFC have not gone his way. In his last five fights in the UFC, he has two wins, two losses, and one draw. Most recently, he suffered a devastating TKO loss against Paul Craig. MMA fans felt that it would be his last fight. However, an official announcement was never released. 

Read: A tribute to Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua’s career 

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Mauricio Rua a light heavyweight legend 

Nolan King recently tweeted, “I don’t know if it was a slip up, but Dana White just indicated Shogun Rua is retired on the ESPN+ livestream Q&A”

Following his loss to Craig, many fans believed that Rua would call it a day based on his statement released on Instagram. ‘Shogun’ revealed a list of injuries and said that he would have to discuss his fighting future with his family. 

A part of the statement said, “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”

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Despite the statement released, there was never an official announcement from Rua and his team. 

If this is indeed an end, it draws the curtains on a fantastic career that has seen the Brazilian become a champion in multiple organizations. He has also secured wins over notable fighters such as Alistair Overeem, Lyoto Machida, and Chuck Liddell among others. 

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What is your favorite memory of Mauricio Rua? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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