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UFC 283: Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson, Ariel Helwani & Fans Sickened At Disrespect for Shogun Rua by Ukrainian Fighter Who Called Out Khabib

Published 01/21/2023, 10:16 PM EST

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Mauricio Rua exited the octagon for the last time at UFC 283 in Brazil, with the pain of a loss. The 41-year-old veteran entered the cage for his final dance at UFC 283 against Ukraine’s Ihor Potieria. However, it was a short affair as the much younger light heavyweight secured a TKO win at the end of round 1.

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The Brazilian legend came into the fight as the underdog, with 2 wins, 2 losses, and one draw in his last five. Meanwhile, his 26-year-old opponent came in, having won 4 out of his last 5 bouts.


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Fans react to Shogun Rua’s retirement match at UFC 283

Mauricio Rua’s swan song was a far cry from what he or the fans envisioned for him. One of the few remaining fighters who had competed in both UFC and PRIDE, Rua also held championships in both promotions. Idolized by fans and fighters alike, especially those from Brazil. Rua leaves behind a coveted legacy that few can surpass.

Incidentally, Ihor Potieria faced criticism for his celebrations post his beating of Rua. To those unaware, Potieria is a Contender Series Alumni who once called out Khabib Nurmagomedov for his silence during the Ukrainian war.


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Following Rua’s heartbreaking loss, fans and fighters took to social media to pay their respects to the veteran and call out Potieria for his actions after the win.


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“Hard to Watch” – Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson, Michael Bisping & Fans Shocked by ‘F***g Brutal’ Flying Knee KO at UFC 283

With that loss, one of the greatest martial artists of our time bids farewell to the sport. What are your thoughts on Shogun’s last dance? And what are your favorite Shogun memories? Let us know in the comments below.

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Written by:

Yeswanth Praveen


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Yeswanth Praveen is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. His interests mainly lie in the realm of MMA, bodybuilding, and the fitness industry. He finished his Master's in English literature from EFLU, Hyderabad.
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Vineet Nandwana