If it looked like things went downhill fast Mauricio Rua after the first round of his rematch with Paul Craig, there could be a good reason why.
Rua was forced to tap to strikes on Saturday in the main card opener of UFC 255 in Las Vegas, resulting in a second-round TKO loss to Craig. It was the first loss for Shogun in his past four outings, which includes a split draw against Craig at UFC Sao Paulo in November of last year.
On Sunday, Shogun shared a photo of an elbow injury that he supposedly suffered in the first round as well as a message in which he explained the circumstances while still giving credit to Craig for the win.
“Unfortunately things didn’t go out the way I would have liked last night and this is a part of our sport,” Rua wrote. “I suffered an injury to my elbow on the first time I was taken down, but this serves as no excuse, as it is part of fighting and it doesn’t take way any merits from my opponent.”
The photo of Shogun’s injury included in the Instagram post appears to show massive swelling at his right elbow. A larger version of the photo can be seen below, courtesy of Shogun’s manager Eduardo Alonso.
Rua, who turns 39 on Wednesday, did not say if he expected the injury to cost him a significant amount of time, only mentioning that he plans to rest and consider the next step of his career.
“Now I’m going to rest with my family, and think about my career,” Rua wrote. “I know that my mission in this sport goes way beyond the octagon as well.”
See Shogun’s full unedited statement below:
Unfortunately things didn’t go out the way I would have liked last night , and this is a part of our sport. I suffered an injury to my elbow on the first time I was taken down, but this serves as no excuse, as it is part of fighting and it doesn’t take way any merits from my opponent.
An athletes’ career is not only made of glory and thank God I was already blessed many times with the reward of victory, due to a lot of sacrifices and effort, that only those who live our everyday routine really knows what we go trough.
I want to thank all the amazing support from you guys, as always. I’m blessed for being able to do this for 18 years already, and here in 2020 you guys are the great motivation I carry with me, and that it makes me continue this far. Now I’m going to rest with my family, and think about my career. I know that my mission in this sport goes way beyond the octagon as well. Thanks a lot guys.