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  • 08-30-2013, 06:49 PM
    I'm surprised he's still considered top 10. He was elite for the past, less well rounded/trained era and I think the pride rules (soccer kicks) and ring contributed to his past dominance. He just doesn't have the tools to beat the best today. I hate criticizing him like this cause he's a great fighter to watch and seems like a decent guy. But I think his striking was always sloppy and it was just that his aggression and ruthlessness overcame that. I don't think his wrestling/takedown defense was ever considered great. Not sure how many fights he has left on his UFC contract, but he's got to be in desperation mode...well I think he has been.
  • 08-30-2013, 05:37 AM
    Pasha K
    It is indeed hard, specially because we live in a world where you are as good as your last performance.

    On the other side, Shogun is not a little boy anymore. He has enough experience in MMA and life to deal better with these situations.
    It was not the first fight where he had a lot of responsibility.
  • 08-30-2013, 04:24 AM

    Manager: 'Shogun cracked under fear of losing"

    manager Leonardo Salomao, who is now considerig the idea of bringing in psychological support for the team.

    “He returns to the maintenance training on Monday, since he has no fight scheduled. People without experience don’t know how much he dedicates himself to this. They think he doesn’t train properly. He is under all this pressure and we have to work on the psychological part because he pressureshimself a lot,” he tells R7.

    Leonardo holds black belts in Muay Thai and jiu-jitsu and has been Shogun’s friend for twenty years. He trained with Mauricio in the past, but today, as his manager, he emphasizes how the long-time proximity makes him see the tiny details in the athlete.

    Because of that, he feels able to speak openly about what Rua is currently experiencing. It is the first time in his career that he has been beaten twice in a row.

    “In the entrance to the fight, in my opinion, I felt him very tense, pressured. After the bout he was so down, he could not stand the pressure and said he couldn’t face losing and that he was afraid of losing. But he lost to somebody who dedicated a lot to their own training, it happens,” he says.

    “He felt repressed and whoever feels who feels afraid of losing can’t attack.”

    With the loss Shogun, who is only 31 years old despite a long history in the sport, fell to ninth position in the UFC official light heavyweight ranking. It’s unimpressive for someone won Pride and UFC championships.

    “Formerly he would not have commitments, he would go there and fight straightforward and beat everyone from all over the world. Today he does not have the right to put on a bad fight, he can’t make a mistake or get tired.

    “When he loses, suddenly he is ‘bad’, nobody recognizes the talent of the opponent. It was like that with the loss to Jon Jones, who is the champion today. And now the same with Sonnen.”

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