“Shogun” has been in his fair share of wars throughout his career
and Saturday night’s fight against Tyson Pedro
at UFC Fight Night 142 in Adelaide, Australia was no different. The
37-year-old Brazilian was rocked early on by his young Aussie
opponent surviving a first round battering when he looked close to
being finished. As he has done time and again, though, the former
champion used his experience and legendary toughness to stay into
the fight before knocking Pedro down and finishing him in the third
round via TKO.
At the post-fight press conference, a visibly battered Rua claimed
to have no recollection of the knockdown he suffered in the first
round (h/t Submission Radio).
“Actually, I don’t remember it,” Rua said. “When I went to the
corner after the first round, I didn’t know if I had lost or won
it. I really wasn’t aware that I took a flash [knockdown] there. I
found out now, when I left the Octagon, that he won the first
round. In the second, I was able to win and wear him out a little.
I was very happy that I was able to do the strategy.”
When asked about title aspirations, Rua maintained that he is
taking a realistic view of his place at light heavyweight. For now,
his sights are set on a potential UFC card in his hometown of
Curitiba next year — while the promotion has not confirmed a date
or city yet, the Parana state capital and longtime combat sports
hotbed is strongly rumored to be the destination.
“I won four out of five, but I know I don’t deserve the belt yet,”
Rua said. “There are people ahead of me in the title line. My focus
now is fighting in Curitiba, in May. That’s my focus. I don’t think
about the belt because I know it’s not my shot yet.”
The Brazilian said the candle still burns bright in terms of
fighting and assures his fans he’s still got a lot of fight left in
“I don’t want to stop and then think that I shouldn’t have
stopped,” Rua said. “I want to stop when I see that I am really
done with fighting. I don’t want to regret having stopped before