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.
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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Thanks for the messages of support and congratulations. I won my match in the 1st round by RNC. Time to do a bit of celebrating #UFCSydney— Anthony Perosh (@AnthonyPerosh) November 8, 2014
We are very happy right now pic.twitter.com/TzP9jcjqUq— Sam Alvey (@smilensam) November 10, 2014
Just got back home to hawaii and this is the first thing I see lol, watch it with the volume on... http://t.co/yu1FY2ME5C— Louis Smolka (@LASTSAMURAIUFC) November 9, 2014
Chris Clements (@menaceclements) November 9, 2014
Looking forward to teaching MMA class at resilience training centre tonight hope to see some new faces!— Daniel Kelly (@DanKellyJudo) November 9, 2014
Marcus Brimage (@Brim205) November 8, 2014
Thank God one more victory, damaged bodywork! But happy for another fight?
Graças a Deus mais uma vitória, lataria avariada! Mas feliz por mais uma luta? http://t.co/76e6YrBf3M— Warlley Alves (@warlleyalvesmma) November 9, 2014
After the war yesterday that lunch at the home of mommy because I deserve ne. #filhomimado #comidamineira #domingaocmminharainha #familiaetudo #bairrotocantins
Thank you God for this victory thank you my team, family and everyone for the support love you all,... http://t.co/9uFdXCGVMj— Dhiego Lima (@DhLimaMMA) November 9, 2014
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!
Juliana Lima (@juthaimma) November 9, 2014
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
Só tenho a agradecer a Deus e todos vocês que me fortalecem pra me manter focado nos meus objetivos! E... http://t.co/VQBl3AbcWZ— Caio Magalhaes (@CaioHellboy) November 9, 2014
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
Vitoria meus amigos, foi uma guerra, estou muito feliz, tenho muito o que melhorar e assim será,... http://t.co/YCRiK0RwkO— Thomas Almeida (@ThomasalmeidaCB) November 9, 2014
Better luck next time.
Not my day at the office! Fuck this sport is crazy felt great going into the fight! Well done Al & his team Serra/Longo I will be back— Ross Pearson (@RossTheRealDeal) November 8, 2014
Clint Hester (@clinthester) November 8, 2014
I'm sorry guys! Me desculpem pessoal!— Guto Inocente (@GutoInocente) November 8, 2014
Hey everyone just letting ya know I'm all good, and all my fans fucking rock,all your guys support means the world— Dylan Andrews (@dylanthevillian) November 8, 2014
I love every minute of my sport and what I do. Thank you everyone for your support!— Trevor Smith (@trevorsmithmma) November 9, 2014
.@AlanJouban got straight up robbed last night. Terrible decision.— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) November 9, 2014
Nice to see.
What an emotional shit show this week was for me... Sorry guys I hope I'll be back fighting @johnlineker again before years end.— Ian McCall (@Unclecreepymma) November 9, 2014
Ali Bagautinov (@AliPuncherKing) November 9, 2014
Get well soon.
Was hard to watch the fight last night. Osp did a quick job on shogun.Well done to him. This has fuelled my hunger even more. #lionseatfirst— jimi manuwa (@POSTERBOYJM) November 9, 2014
Gegard Mousasi (@mousasi_mma) November 9, 2014
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