“Maybe Work for the UFC” – Shogun Rua Gives an Insight Into His Possible Future

Published 07/22/2020, 6:00 PM EDT


Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua is a 38-year-old MMA fighter who is nearing his retirement from the sport that made him a champion. He has given us some phenomenal and historic performances. No one can forget how he lost to Lyoto Machida in 2009 and bounced back in 2010 to defeat him in the first round. 

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Shogun’s MMA career has been a roller-coaster ride where he was never on a huge winning streak. But he would always make a comeback and show that he still has the fire in him. He last fought in a nail-biting draw against Paul Craig in November 2019. 

Mauricio Rua vs Antonio Rogerio Nogueira: A clash of veterans

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Rua’s next fight is against another UFC stalwart. In the UFC on ESPN 14 co-main event, we will see Mauricio Rua vs Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Lil Nog is already 44 years of age and has confirmed that this bout will be his last. He would like to end in style by winning against Rua, but that won’t be easy.

“I think the time has arrived. It’s a lot of work, several projects, the head doesn’t stop. I’ll do my things, but I’m sure I’ll adapt to not fighting anymore,” Antonio told MMA Fighting.

Shogun Rua has got only a couple fights left in him

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We don’t know if he again wants to fight Paul Craig, but Shogun’s most memorable victory came in Pride Grand Prix Championship. He defeated Quinton Jackson, Antonio Rogerio, Alistair Overeem in a golden run. Rua told the reporters at UFC Fight Island, “Yes, this is my plan.”

Interestingly, this is not the first time the two are facing each other. This will be their trilogy, with Rua as a winner in their last two clashes. “I don’t know my next walk, but my focus is now on Rogerio on Saturday. After this, I don’t know. I take it walk for walk, and after my fight, I speak to my manager and I talk about my new walk,” he added.

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“Well, I don’t know yet. But I already have a business, a company in Brazil, with a partner. But I don’t really want to run it full time, I have my partner to do that. So maybe work for the UFC, I don’t know,” Shogun said via his interpreter/manager.

Post this, Shogun wishes to either run a business in Brazil or work for the UFC. Who better than a man like him to become a brand Ambassador of UFC? So who is your pick among the two famous UFC veterans?

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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