At 32 years of age, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (pictured) should be enjoying the prime of his career. Instead, the former UFC light heavyweight champion is trudging through the twilight of his career, with loved ones pleading for him to call it quits.
That’s what happens to a mixed martial artist with 13 years of pounding under his belt.
Nonetheless, Shogun isn’t quite prepared to hang up his MMA gloves.
“My mother asks me, ‘You really have to fight?’” Shogun told TV show “Agora é Tarde” (translated by MMAFighting.com). “And I say, ‘That’s my job, mom.’
“I do this for 13 years. Every month, my wife and my mother meet and try to make me stop (fighting), but I tell them that’s what I love to do.”
That’s understandable, but at some point the sport just doesn’t love you back. Shogun entered the UFC with much anticipation in September 2007. He had only lost two of his 18 professional fights at that point.
Although Shogun did don the UFC light heavyweight title, albeit for a hot minute, he has gone just 6-7 inside the octagon and has dropped three of his last four scraps.
Shogun looks to remain relevant on November 8 when he faces Jimi Manuwa in his homeland of Brazil. Perhaps one final win in front of his countrymen would be the perfect sendoff.
Or, knowing Shogun, just the beginning of another run.