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Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua Details What Went Wrong in Jon Jones Fight


(Is there anyone who dislikes Shogun?)

In a blog posting he made today on ESPN.com, former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua spoke for the first time about what he feels led to him losing his belt to Jon Jones at UFC 128 in March.

In spite of insinuations that his knee was bothering him and that he didn’t train properly for the bout as he seemed out of shape, Rua says it was simply a case of having a bad night and the fight not going his way.

“Really, in the Jones fight, what happened was I got hurt early on and I was having some trouble finding the right distance in the fight. I was also getting tired, and throwing leg kicks spends a lot of energy which is why I didn’t throw so many of them, and there was also the risk of being taken down; it was a combination of factors which stopped me from performing at my best,” he explained. “But whatever I did wrong in training for that fight, it doesn’t take Jones’s merits away and he was the better fighter that night. Some people think I was out of shape and are worried about my knees still being hurt after I had so much trouble with them. That isn’t the case — there’s nothing wrong with my knees, and they were 100 percent ready for that fight, as it was all cleared by the doctor. We made the biggest effort in doing my rehab as perfectly as possible and the UFC was kind enough to let me come back on a date that was proper to do it, according to the doctors. I have no injury excuses.”

He ponts out that it’s rare to go into a fight without any lingering injuries, no matter how minor, but says that heading into his UFC 134 bout with Forrest Griffin on August 27, he feels like he is 100 percent.

“As a professional fighter, you always have some injuries, even if they are minor. It’s impossible, or very rare, to go through a camp without any pain. Right now I’m 100 percent, without any injuries and ready to go, but we always have to work around pain and work around injuries, and as a fighter you are always trying to make the best of it.”

Tito Ortiz, take note. That’s how fighters should carry themselves — win or lose. Much like it is the case with Wanderlei Silva, it’s tough not to cheer for Shogun.

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Smitty- August 22, 2011 at 10:14 pm
@ XENOPHON

I like where you went wit that. Can't say I disagree.
XENOPHON- August 20, 2011 at 2:17 pm
@newdeal
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There is no one around in the UFC that can mount a credible offense against Jones unless he gets careless and sloppy.
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Question for you is this, how many of the current competition will we see fall by the wayside before he himself decides it's time to move up in weight?
Duh Ogre- August 20, 2011 at 6:25 am
son of a bitch, had some long awesome ass comment that got deleted. Thanks internet. Anyways, Jones isn't a top 5 fighter, hasn't fought top competition and i hope Rampage takes him out. Or he's going to push Rampage's shit in.
newdeal- August 20, 2011 at 6:10 am
the reason why Shogun couldn't get off on his striking was because he was outreached and knew as soon as he got in range he would get taken down and if he stayed out of range he would still get hit and couldn't counter. The only way he would have won that is by getting in range and using his superior striking but in order to do that he would have had to have no fear of the take down. Jones destroyed him on the ground
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j-k-martin- August 20, 2011 at 12:32 am
You got savaged by an aggressive fighter?
http://thinkmma.blogspot.com/
XENOPHON- August 19, 2011 at 10:34 pm
@Smitty
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Well you have made a mistake by not being clear, your asking who is the best, when your list includes both Jones and Henderson who are from the same weight class, and I suppose an argument could be made.
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If talking about Light Heavyweight, Henderson (28-8) is on-par with Rampage (32-8) and Shogun (19-5), and each of those 3 lags behind Machida (17-2) or Rashad (19-1-1).
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If your talking Bendo, I'm with Pen_Fifteen, you got to pull Henderson from the BEST column and slide his name over to the FAVORITES column.
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The next year will be telling with Fox networks stable of Lightweights, but a name less talked about is Bellator's Eddie Alvarez (22-2).
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Alvarez's professional record is on par or better than that of the 5 men ahead of him in rankings - Edgar (13-1-1), Maynard (10-0-1), Melendez (19-2), or Aoki (28-5).
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I'd have say the best Lightweight is actually Alvarez. Sure he has some bigger name talent to eventually meet, but as it is his record is Top in the World, and he's got a belt to back it up with.
Gobbleston- August 19, 2011 at 10:12 pm
I still don't buy it. He's just being humble. He came off of knee surgery and looked like he looks like coming off of knee surgery. Fat and sleepy. He was in shit shape for the Jones fight, like he was in shit shape for his first Forrest fight. Not at all the same Shogun that fought Machida both times.
XENOPHON- August 19, 2011 at 9:57 pm
...WOwWIE
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Shogun is a straight up cat, no bullshit in that interview. I'm a Jones fan, but Rua gets big props.
Todd M- August 19, 2011 at 8:59 pm
Kudos to Shogun for not making excuses, after he murdalizes Forrest he can re-introduce Rampage to the canvas en route to another run at the belt
noizy- August 19, 2011 at 8:57 pm
It's so hard to be a fighter and make sense of what could have caused you to lose. When you sit down after the fight and try to figure out what you could have done differently, how you could have trained differently, your diet, your camp, etc. It's such a complex interplay of elements. This is why we all end up using simplistic expressions like 'having heart' and 'wanting it more' or 'choking' to attempt and make sense of such a series of event that leads to an outcome like losing (or winning).

But this is not the case here. You just got beat Shogun. Fair and square.
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rodogg78- August 19, 2011 at 7:23 pm
I think Shogun is a real genuine fighter. He has no reason to lie about the Jon Jones fight. I have been watching mma for over fifteen years and he is right. If you have an off night against top tier competition then you most likely lose. Imagine if Jon Jones would have been off his game that night and Shogun would have had the best night of his life then it may have been him winning instead. When Shogun is on and 100% then watch out. Forrest gonna have his hands full! Watch and see!!!
Pen Fifteen- August 19, 2011 at 5:39 pm
@Smitty
You are referring to the same Dan Henderson who has a loss to a natural 170er on his resume in the last 18 months, no?
Smitty- August 19, 2011 at 5:11 pm
Top 5 in the world, who's wit me? No order.
Anderson Silva
Jon Jones
GSP
Cain Velazquez
Dan Henderson
KarmaAteMyCat- August 19, 2011 at 5:06 pm
Dammit Wilson I was going to pretty much say the same thing... BAH!!! +1 RWR
omunto- August 19, 2011 at 3:12 pm
+1 to RwilsonR
RwilsonR- August 19, 2011 at 3:08 pm
I think the problem for Shogun in the Jones fight was that he was fighting Jon Jones.
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