PHOENIX– If all goes according to strategy, Mauricio Rua wishes to hang up his gloves by the end of the year.
Rua (27-12-1 MIXED MARTIAL ARTS, 11-10-1 UFC), 40, rematches Ovince Saint Preux (25-16 MIXED MARTIAL ARTS, 13-11 UFC) on Saturday’s UFC 274 primary card that airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+.
The previous Pride middleweight grand prix winner and previous UFC light heavyweight champ has actually assembled a Hall of Popularity profession and aims to complete 2 more times prior to retiring.
” I currently comprised my mind, I wish to do 2 battles; this one and one last, and after that retire,” Rua informed press reporters, consisting of mixed martial arts Addict, at Wednesday’s media day. “That’s what I put as an objective and ideally possibly who understands, I can do both this year and after that retire in 2022, however you never ever understand. In either case, I wish to do 2 battles and retire.”
Rua will aim to avenge his knockout loss to Saint Preux in November 2014, which just lasted 34 seconds in the primary occasion in his house nation of Brazil. Regardless of a rematch taking control of 7 years to emerge, “Shogun” had an idea that it would ultimately occur.
” Really we were expected to eliminate previously so we did the very first battle in 2014 and after that later on the UFC wished to do the rematch,” Rua stated. “We nearly combated some years earlier, I believe it was 2017 in Japan, however I got hurt and the battle could not occur so you never ever understand what’s gon na occur. It was something that existed to occur ultimately and thank God the UFC desired it, we discussed it and it’s now going to happen so I’m thrilled. I’m inspired for it.”