If things seemed to go downhill for Mauricio Rua after the first half of his rematch with Paul Craig, there could be a good reason for that.
Rua was forced to hit strikes on Saturday in the main card opener of UFC 255 in Las Vegas, resulting in a TKO loss in the second round for Craig. It was the first loss for Shogun in his last four outings, which include a split draw against Craig in UFC Sao Paulo last November.
On Sunday, Shogun shared a photo of an elbow injury he allegedly suffered in the first round, as well as a message explaining the circumstances while still giving Craig credit for the win.
“Unfortunately, things did not go as I would like last night, and this is part of our sport,”
The image of Shogun’s injury included in the Instagram post appears to show massive swelling at his right elbow. A larger version of the image can be seen below, thanks to Shogun’s manager Eduardo Alonso.
Rua, who turns 39 on Wednesday, did not say whether he expected the injury to cost him a significant amount of time, but only mentioned that he plans to rest and consider the next step in his career.
“Now I have to rest with my family and think about my career,” Rua wrote. “I know my mission in this sport also goes far beyond the octagon.”
See Shogun’s full unedited statement below:
Unfortunately, things did not go out the way I wanted last night and this is part of our sport. I was injured in the elbow the first time I was taken down, but this serves as no excuse as it is part of the fights and it does not take any profit from my opponent.
An athlete’s career is not only made of honor and thank God, I was already blessed many times with the victory because of the many sacrifices and forces that only those who live our daily lives really know what we are going through.
I would like to thank all the amazing support from you, as always. I am blessed to be able to do this already for 18 years and here in 2020 you are the great motivation I carry with me and that it makes me continue so far. Now I have to rest with my family and think about my career. I know that my mission in this sport also goes far beyond the octagon. Many thanks guys.