Dana White: I’d like to see Shogun retire

Mauricio Rua is a former PRIDE Grand Prix winner, a former UFC light heavyweight champion, is in the UFC Hall of Fame, and he turns 39 this week. “Shogun” started learning Jiu-Jitsu when he was six, and Muay Thai when he was seven, and has been fighting professionally since 2002. 

At Saturday’s UFC 256, Shogun tapped to strikes in a rematch vs. Paul Craig. And at the post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White said the fighter has multiple fights left on his contract, but it would be good to see him retire.

“I hope that tonight is his last night – I would like to see him retire,” said White. “Just being honest: ‘Shogun’ didn’t look like ‘Shogun’ to me tonight. ‘Shogun’ looked old and like a shell of his former self tonight. So yeah, I’d like to see him hang it up, hopefully.”

“I think he has two fights left on his deal. But I would like to see him retire.”

In a post-fight statement on his social network, Shogun said he was considering retirement too.

“Unfortunately, things didn’t go out the way I would have liked last night, and this is a part of our sport,” he wrote. “I suffered an injury to my elbow on the first time I was taken down, but this serves as no excuse, as it is part of fighting and it doesn’t take away any merits from my opponent.

“An athletes’ career is not only made of glory and thank God I was already blessed many times with the reward of victory, due to a lot of sacrifices and effort, that only those who live our everyday routine really knows what we go through.

“I want to thank all the amazing support from you guys, as always. I’m blessed for being able to do this for 18 years already, and here in 2020 you guys are the great motivation I carry with me, and that it makes me continue this far. Now I’m going to rest with my family, and think about my career. I know that my mission in this sport goes way beyond the Octagon as well. Thanks a lot guys.”

h/t Mike Bohn for MMA Junkie

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