Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua Not Retiring, Eyes UFC Japan Card

Written by Tom Ngo
June 5th, 2014

UFC Mauricio Shogun Rua

As Kenny Rogers famously sang, “You’ve got to know when to hold ’em. Know when to fold ’em. Know when to walk away. Know when to run.”

UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (pictured) wants to continue to gamble.

On this week’s edition of “UFC Tonight,” it was reported Rua, who is still recovering from the broken nose he suffered in March’s TKO loss to Dan Henderson, has already resumed light training and plans to go full-bore in two weeks.

It was rumored the 32-year-old might contemplate retirement after dropping his third fight in four outings, with two of those defeats coming in finishing fashion, but the Brazilian has other plans.

Rua is targeting a return when the UFC goes back to Japan on September 20. The Land of the Rising Sun holds a dear place in his heart. PrideFC is where he emerged onto the MMA scene in the early 2000s.

In addition, there was chatter Rua might try to reinvent himself and test the waters at middleweight. However, that’s not the case and the 12-year veteran will remain a 205-pounder.

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