Mauricio "Shogun" Rua may only be 31-years old, but he’s racked up a lot of miles, not to mention surgeries since making his professional MMA debut in 2002. Following his first round submission defeat on Saturday, the former UFC light heavyweight champion got in front of any talk regarding his battered body limping off into the sunset.
Rua fell to 21-8 when he tapped out at the 4:47 mark of Round 1 to a Chael Sonnen guillotine choke in the main event of the first UFC card on Fox Sports 1. The defeat marked the first time Rua had been submitted since falling to a Forrest Griffin rear naked choke in September 2007.
The loss to Sonnen also gave Rua the first back-to-back defeat of his MMA career. In his prior outing, Rua dropped a unanimous decision to top-ranked light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson in December 2012. Overall, Rua is 5-6 in the UFC.
Rua released a statement about his future (via MMAFighting.com), making it quite clear that he has been to the pinnacle of the sport and that he has every intention of once again reaching those lofty heights:
I have 11 years in MMA and Vale Tudo, I won everything I always wanted. I achieved everything I dreamed, but I want to do that again. I still want many victories; I still want to become the world champion again. Who decides when I will stop (fighting) or not is myself, no one else. Thank God I’m financially stable, and I keep fighting because I love it.
Rua’s loss to Sonnen saw him lose ground in the UFC rankings. He dropped one spot, falling to No. 9, his spot at No. 8 has been claimed by Gegard Mousasi.