If “Shogun” Rua had gone out Saturday night and destroyed Chael Sonnen, the fighter’s fans would probably be declaring that the former champ ‘is back’ and on the title shot hunt once again. Of course, since Rua was forced to tap out to a first round guillotine choke and has lost two straight, even some of his biggest supporters are wondering what’s next for the accomplished vet.
So, with that in mind, Rua and his manager Leonardo Salomao have released a statement, which relays that the Brazilian intends to continue fighting, and to do so at a high level. Here is some of what the former PRIDE Grand-Prix winner said (transcription via MMA Fighting.com):
“I have 11 years in MMA and Vale Tudo, I won everything I always wanted,” Rua stated. “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.”
“I’m a really competitive guy, who hates to be defeated,” Rua said. “I know I did everything I should have done during my preparation, but Sonnen was better on the fight. Unfortunately, in the fight (business), we have to wait a lot to return and bounce back. In soccer, you lose on Sunday and win on Wednesday, everything is ok. I’ll get back home, see what went wrong on the fight and train hard to make sure that mistake won’t happen again.”
Salomao also pointed out in the statement that “Shogun” trained extensively for the fight, likely as a means to dismiss any notion that Rua didn’t take the fight seriously.
“Mauricio invested a lot in this camp, trained with the best, went to the United States to learn new techniques, so we decided to maintain the same team,” Salomao stated. “He trained with Freddie Roach in the US, took Jacob Harman to Curitiba, had the support of Glaube Feitosa, Roberto Gordo and Renato Babalu on his corner. He was really well prepared, but Sonnen was better. Mauricio is a winner and I’m sure he will be back.”
While Rua fans are likely glad to hear the fighter’s still dedicated to fighting, it will be interesting to see who he fights next and how he performs. If Rua escapes the chopping block this time, he almost certainly won’t after a third consecutive loss.
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