UFC light heavyweight Mauricio Rua was a significant favorite going into Saturday night’s showdown with Chael Sonnen at UFC Fight Night 26 and even those who picked against the seasoned Brazilian striker felt his foe’s primary path to victory involved a hard-fought decision. Of course, one of the beautiful things about MMA is the sport’s unpredictability, and Sonnen ultimately emerged with a submission win in the first frame.
Though the loss was painfully disappointing, Rua has been around long enough to understand defeat is part of the process.
“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,” stated “Shogun” in a press release sent to MMAFighting. “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 continued on to explain he felt fully prepared for Sonnen entering the Octagon and simply got caught.
“I’m a really competitive guy, who hates to be defeated. I know I did everything I should have done during my preparation, but Sonnen was better on the fight,” said Rua. “I’ll get back home, see what went wrong on the fight and train hard to make sure that mistake won’t happen again.”
The stumble dropped Rua’s record to 5-6 in the UFC and was his second straight. He holds an overall mark of 21-8 including eighteen wins by way of knockout.