Mauricio Rua: ‘I will stop when I see it really is the right time to stop’
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio Rua returned from a 16-month break to headline UFC Fight Night Hamburg, and was promptly knocked out by replacement Anthony Smith in 89 seconds. It broke his three-fight winning streak.
“I’m really upset, and I plan on ending this contract with the UFC, I have three more fights, and when it’s over, I’ll take a break and talk to my family and my team and see what I’ll do,” Rua said. “I want to fight as soon as possible. I was talking to Eduardo (Alonso) yesterday about that. I have a goal. I want to fight again this year, maybe December, and then we’ll see what happens.”
Shogun also said that his wife and mother asked that he retire after the Smith fight.
“Yes. All the time,” Rua said. “They ask for that, but they understand me. Fighting is my work, my career and my passion, so there’s a lot involved. I will stop when I see it really is the right time to stop.”
“I think (it’s possible), but not at this moment,” Rua said. “My last fights were against ranked opponents and Anthony Smith is coming with everything, so I always fight the best. I think a time will come that I’ll do more classic fights, but for now, I don’t know, I don’t think so.”