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Morning Report: Shogun Rua says he 'made a mistake' against Ovince St. Preux, will talk to his team about the future

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At the tail end of an uninspired UFC Fight Night, fans in Uberlandia, Brazil waited until nearly 4:00am local time to cheer on their national hero.

All was forgiven as Mauricio Rua made his walk to the Octagon, but unfortunately for them it lasted longer than the actual main event against Ovince St. Preux.

St. Preux scored the win of his career just 34 seconds into the opening round when a counter left hook sent a charging 'Shogun' to the canvas. The bout was called as St. Preux mopped up with a flurry of strikes to the grounded Rua.

Swallowing another tough loss, his fourth in five fights dating back to 2012, Rua admitted he'd be discussing his future with his team.

"Losing is always bad," Rua said via a translator during the event's post-fight presser. "At this weight class and heavyweight when that punch lands, you feel it. But I'm going to get through this loss, talk to my team and talk about the future, but defeats always suck."

Speaking about the punch itself, Rua takes the blame.

"Unfortunately, he was happy to land a good punch," said Rua. "The punch landed clean and that's when the knockout happens. He was happy to get it. I made a mistake."

Not exactly hoping to degrade the caliber of his win, St. Preux admitted he was 'surprised' at how quickly the fight ended.

"I don't think he was slow at all," said St. Preux. "The thing about me is that I'm super explosive and I can take you to the ground super quickly. I think he mistook my reach so I was able to catch him. I don't think he's slow, he still has it. He hit me with a couple of good leg kicks."

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Long watches.

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TWEETS

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Victory lap.

Thank God one more victory, damaged bodywork! But happy for another fight?

After the war yesterday that lunch at the home of mommy because I deserve ne. #filhomimado #comidamineira #domingaocmminharainha #familiaetudo #bairrotocantins

I want to thank my opposing party ninaansaroff and @ amanda_leoa1 say she was one very tough opponent @, besides being very humble and good people! Thanks for the warrior fight, I know that this defeat served as experience as well as my first defeat served to take a step ahead! Congratulations on being such a great athlete! Thank you!

I can only thank God and all of you who give me strength to keep me focused on my goals! And our gloverteixeira gsmnu danilodragon #esmaltec OSSs and family

Vitoria my friends, was a war, I'm very happy, I have a lot to improve and so will always seek progress. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the messages and good vibes, not know it was so well loved, and it just makes me want more and more !! Big hug to all

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Better luck next time.

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Agree?

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Nice to see.

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But then...

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Get well soon.

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Damn.

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Pretty decent reviews.

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