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Shogun Rua releases statement following brutal KO loss to Anthony Smith at UFC Hamburg

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Mauricio Rua’s first UFC fight in 15 months ended in complete disaster, as short notice replacement Anthony Smith knocked him unconscious in just 89 seconds at Sunday’s UFC Hamburg main event. The former light heavyweight champion was on a three-fight winning streak and seemingly close to a title shot, but Smith put an end to those hopes in emphatic fashion.

“Shogun” has since released a statement on his official Instagram page about the loss, and while no mention was made about his immediate future in the sport, he did take the time to congratulate “Lionheart” on his big victory.

Infelizmente nem sempre a gente tem o resultado que gostaria, e entender isso faz parte da vida. Parabéns ao Anthony Smith. Por tantas e tantas vezes eu estive comemorando nesse momento e não posso tirar o mérito dele. Me dediquei, treinei muito, e fiz tudo que estava ao meu alcance pra essa luta, mas ele foi melhor nessa noite. A vida continua, obrigado pelo carinho de todos. Unfortunately we don’t always get the result we want, and to understand that fact is part of life. Congratulations to Anthony Smith. For so many times I was celebrating at this moment and I can’t take his merits from him. I dedicated myself, trained hard, and did all that was within my reach for this fight, but he was better yesterday. Life continues, thank you all for the support.

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”Unfortunately we don’t always get the result we want, and to understand that fact is part of life,” the statement read. “Congratulations to Anthony Smith. For so many times I was celebrating at this moment and I can’t take his merits from him. I dedicated myself, trained hard, and did all that was within my reach for this fight, but he was better yesterday. Life continues, thank you all for the support.”

The 36-year-old Brazilian has been knocked out in each of his last three losses, and this one was undoubtedly the most brutal.




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