I love how Rua eats shit for the Vera fight even though he took it to him on all levels and ended up finishing a guy who carved up damn near anyone who stood with him and was admittedly more healthy and prepared than he had been in years.
And the piano, it sounds like a carnival
And the microphone smells like a beer
He hasn't looked like himself since coming to the UFC.
It is impossible to remain as hungry as 8 years ago.
He won the Pride GP, he won the UFC belt, he is already considered a legend and he is only 31 years old. He has had epic wars, he is one of the most beloved fighters.
After all those things it is not that easy to remain focused and motivated.
Plus he has had surgeries and that is a huge factor.
IMO he looked OK in the Vera fight. In the Hendo fight, he was destroyed during the first 3 rounds, and then he destroyed Hendo during the last 2 rounds.
The Jones fight is the only one where he looked terrible.
Not only brazilians can do this stuff
Im hoping for a vintage Shogun beating.
SHogun/Vera was more a testament to Vera's heart and improvement than Shogun's aging/decline.
Vera has very good standup... but not something the elite strikers like Machida or Anderson would have too much problems dealing with... Shogun should be in that same light, when he is at his best.
The guy has had a lot of injuries and taken a lot of punishment over his career, it may be catching up with him.
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