Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is one of the very best mixed martial arts fighters in the world. He is very exciting to watch fight, and he is very explosive. He started out training in the famous Brazilian academy Chute Boxe. This academy is famous for making fighters such as Anderson Silva, Wanderlei Silva, and of course Mauricio Rua. Mauricio is considered to be the perfect prototype of the fighter Chute Boxe is looking for. He is fast, aggressive, explosive, creative, and smart. He also is great at jiu-jitsu, and his strikes are more accurate than Wanderlei Silva. Wanderlei was kind of a mentor to Shogun back in the time when they both fought at Pride.
Recently, Shogun knocked out Ultimate Fighting Championship hall of famer Chuck Liddell. 町田 ダンススクール Chuck was on the end of his career, but still, Shogun was able to win in very impressive fashion. His next opponent was Lyoto Machida. Machida is one of the most technical fighters in the sport today. They had a great fight, and Mauricio definitely controlled the action. It was a pretty close fight, but you could tell that Mauricio was breaking down Lyoto’s spirit.
However, he was unable to win due to the judges, and I feel that since he was unable to knock Lyoto out, this is the basis of their decision. What I would like to see is a rematch as soon as possible. I feel that Lyoto will be much better prepared, and he will give the fans another great fight.
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When should a fighter call it a day? It’s a question that has no definitive answer. There is no official retirement age, no set of guidelines in place, and so each competitor must arrive at their own decision when they feel the time is right.
For some it will become apparent after a losing streak. Some may give in to the pleas of family and friends after receiving one too many knockouts and others will only finally call it a day as the aches, pains and injuries of a lifetime of combat take their toll.
Of course most mixed martial artists are born fighters with an in-built desire to compete that is not easily switched off. It’s in their nature to battle on against the odds, and so many continue to fight long after the writing is on the wall.
In the first of a two part article we look at some of the most dominant champions and former champions of the UFC’s old guard and assess who still has something to offer, and who would be wise to hang up their gloves and enjoy their retirement.