Following his 34 second knockout loss to Ovince Saint Preux in the main event of UFC Fight Night 56 this past Saturday, Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua was bombarded with questions about whether it was time to hang up the gloves for good. After all, this was not just another setback for the former UFC light heavyweight champion. This was his second straight TKO loss and fourth loss in his last five bouts.

Now, just two days removed from his loss, the former Pride FC legend has taken to Facebook to assure his fans he was not looking to walk away from the sport of mixed martial arts just yet, and even threw in a little wrinkle about a potential chance in weight classes.

I want to have my thanks registered here for all the support on my fight Saturday Night. I want to also thank you guys for all the showings of care and support after the fight. Losing is always very bad, hurts a lot, but what’s hurting more is to lose without being able to show what I trained, and what I know. Fighting is fighting, and I know very well that in this weight class any punch that connects early on can cost a huge price. For many times in my career I was in the happy side and unfortunately this time I faced the sad side of this story.

I know a lot of people will unload harsh words, some will make constructive criticism and others will take the chance to throw all sorts of jokes and offensive words as possible. Unfortunately this is all part of being in the spotlight, and it’s something that we as professional athletes, and mostly in Brazil, have to be always used to deal with.

As much as some will doubt it, I prepared myself a lot for this fight and was well trained, and this is what hurts the most about losing this way, without being able to show what I trained. Those who followed it, trained with me, or saw some of my training knows this. When you lose fighting some rounds, or even some minutes, in some ways it’s less of a suffering cause you were able to show what you got and what you prepared, and it wasn’t enough. But losing this way it’s certainly very frustrating.

I made a technical mistake, maybe due to anxiety and a big will to get this win in Brazil in such an important moment of my career, and I paid the price. Props to St. Preux, It’s part of the game and he deserved the win. Now I will rest, enjoy my family and then think about my next steps, TUF Brazil, maybe a weight class change, but I’ll keep on going cause winning is easy, but keep on battling and overcome the obstacles is what makes a true fighter. Thank you all for the support.

Prior to losing to OSP, the Brazilian icon was last seen on the receiving end of third round TKO loss to fellow Dan Henderson in their main event matchup at UFC Fight Night 38. Prior to this win, he earned a violent first round knockout against James Te Huna at UFC Fight Night 33 in December 2013. He is currently scheduled to coach opposite Anderson Silva on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil.

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José began his career as a mixed martial arts journalist while still enrolled at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University. Since graduating in May 2013, he has attended dozens of high profile UFC fight cards as a credentialed member of the media, providing live cage side coverage through his articles and videos. His work has appeared on UFC.com, ArizonaSports.com and AZCentral. He is also currently one of the main contributors on Power MMA Show at Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, one of the first all MMA radio shows on a major radio station.