Rua Has Now Lost Four of His Last Five Fights

Published on November 10th, 2014 2:17 am EST

34 seconds.

34 seconds is all that it took for Ovince St. Preux to knock out Mauricio "Shogun" Rua earlier this weekend. 34 seconds is all that it took for Ovince St. Preux, who was filling in for an injured Jimi Manuwa on short notice, to completely silence the pro-Rua crowd in Uberlandia, Brazil.

Rua's loss means that he has now dropped 4 out of his last five fights, including knockout losses to Ovince St. Preux and Dan Henderson. Rua, who was once known for having a legendary chin, now seems to be going the way of former legends such as Chuck Liddell - still willing and able to engage against any opponent but his chin just isn't the same.

Mauricio Rua now needs to decide what he is going to do. Will he stay in the UFC or retire? Rua already has a coaching gig lined up opposite of Anderson "The Spider" Silva on the next season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil, so he will not be completely stepping away from the UFC no matter what he decides. Silva and Rua will not be fighting at the end of the season, however, which means that Rua's near-term fighting future is still very much up in the air.

Mauricio Rua, despite being just 32 years old, has many, many fighting miles on his odometer. Rua has fought 32 times, including many legendary fights against the likes of Dan Henderson, Alistair Overeem and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. Combine that with his seven years of very hard training at Chute Boxe and you have a fighter whose body may finally be breaking down.


Mauricio Rua is a legend who has given the fans of the UFC a number of extraordinary fights. For that reason, I have a hard time seeing Dana White trying to convince Rua to retire, especially at just 32 years of age.

Watching Rua in the Octagon is becoming increasingly difficult, however, and many fans of his are now asking the legend to hang up his gloves and retire.

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