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Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua speaks on legacy after final fight, wants to be remembered as ‘role model’

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Mauricio Rua has a humble request for how fans should treat him.

The legendary “Shogun” retired on Saturday in his native Brazil after losing to Igor Potieria at UFC 283, which ended a 20-year journey that began in 2002. competed sporadically over the past few years.

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Despite many lasting memories throughout his fighting career, including breaking through PRIDE during the heyday of the Japanese promotion and winning the UFC as a light heavyweight, Rua is not focused on celebrating his past competitive glory; rather, he hopes people will focus on his character.

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“The legacy I want to leave and the way I want to be remembered is as a great man, a good role model both inside and outside the octagon,” Rua said. “For us fighters, I think that’s very important and that’s really what I think fighters should get across and what I’ve been trying to get across all this time. I tried to be a good person as a professional athlete inside the octagon, but also as a normal person outside the octagon.

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“So I want to be remembered as someone who was a very good person inside the octagon, outside the octagon, in every aspect of my life.”

Beloved in the combat sports community, and especially in Brazil, Rua had supporters quick to denounce Potieria after a Ukrainian fighter seemingly disrespected Rua with a celebratory post-win dance in which he did a pistol-shot move. Potieria later explained that it was actually a mark of respect, related to his nickname “Duelist”.

Rua missed it when it happened live, but downplayed any possible gesture of disrespect Potieria might have shown.

“No, I didn’t see anything,” Rua said. “On the contrary, he always showed me respect during the weigh-in or at the hotel after the fight, so I really didn’t see anything.”

With the loss, Rua ended his career on a three-fight skid. The homecoming order looked like it would be the perfect moment for Rua to end his career on a high note, but that didn’t happen and he admits the end of the tale wasn’t in the cards for him.

“Of course I didn’t want to end my career with a loss,” Rua said. “I wanted to finish with a win, but unfortunately it was not possible, and even though I lost, I really feel that my mission is completed, that I am fulfilling my duties. Because in 21 years I gave everything I could, I left everything inside rings, octagons, I gave everything, and sometimes it happens.

“So I feel relieved, satisfied and a sense of accomplishment because I’ve done my best and it’s been a long career and the only thing I can do is do my best.”



Source: www.mmafighting.com

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