Mauricio Rua isn’t ready to hang up the gloves yet

Derrick Santistevan

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 01: Mauricio Rua of Brazil (red) beats Antonio Rogerio Nogueira of Brazi (blue) l in their light heavyweight bout throughout the UFC 190 Rousey v Correia at HSBC Arenaon August 1, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Picture by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Mauricio Rua acknowledges that his famous profession is nearing its conclusion.

Mauricio Rua has actually been among the most constant light heavyweights over the past 15 years, having actually combated a whos-who list throughout that stretch. Simply a few of the names consist of Chuck Liddell, Alistar Overeem. Quinton Jackson, Anthony Smith, Dan Henderson, andmore He signed with the UFC in 2007 after PRIDE FC folded, opening the door for Rua to pursue a championship on the greatest phase.

Ultimately, Rua would catch the belt from Lyoto Machida in 2010, winning the rematch at UFC 113 and removing a questionable decision from the year prior to. Rua’s title reign would not last long, as he would lose his belt in his first defense to Jon Jones, as he ended up being the youngest champ in the promo’s history.

Considering That the TKO loss, the back-half of Rua’s profession has actually seen various peaks and valleys. Most especially, Rua’s 5-round loss with Henderson comes to mind, as it was the first 5-round non-title pay-per-view bout of the UFC period.

Approaching 40 years of ages, Rua is grateful to contend and desires to enjoy the end of his profession.

” I combated [Antonio] Nogueira at the start of my profession, the middle, and the final,” Rua stated at his pre-fight virtual scrum. “I’m happy because Rogerio is a legend of the sport, and I know this fight is motivating for him, but for me too. And I’m very happy for this fight.”

Mauricio Rua desires to contend a couple of more times prior to hanging it up.

Rua states that he has 2 or 3 battles left, despite Saturday’s result.

” That’s my strategy,” Rua stated. “I do not understand my next walk, however my focus is Rogerio [on] Saturday. After this, I do not understand. I believe walk-for-walk, and after my battle, I sit with my manager and speak about my brand-new alternatives.”

Rua and Nogueira will contend in a trilogy bout that is 15 years in the making, as part of a stacked 15- battle card including Robert Whittaker and Darren Till as the main event from Battle Island in Abu Dhabi.

UFC Battle Island 3 happens on Saturday, July 25, 2020, live from Battle Island on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Follow in addition to FanSided for all your live news and highlights.

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