"Shogun" Rua insists his knees played no role in loss to Jon JonesPosted on August 19, 2011, 03:14 PM by Joey Santosus
"Really, in the Jones fight, what happened was I got hurt early on and I was having some trouble finding the right distance in the fight. I was also getting tired, and throwing leg kicks spends a lot of energy which is why I didn’t throw so many of them, and there was also the risk of being taken down; it was a combination of factors which stopped me from performing at my best...Some people think I was out of shape and are worried about my knees still being hurt after I had so much trouble with them. That isn’t the case -- there’s nothing wrong with my knees, and they were 100 percent ready for that fight, as it was all cleared by the doctor.
One guy is going to win, one guy is going to lose -- but usually there are not only one or two things to evaluate as to what you could have done differently, but a combination of several things. I worked hard to correct those mistakes I made in the Jones fight ahead of this UFC Rio bout with Forrest Griffin." - For more from Mauricio Rua, visit ESPN.com
While many have questioned the form in which Mauricio Rua returned in for his title bout with Jon "Bones" Jones this past March, "Shogun" isn't one of them. In fact, the former Light Heavyweight champ stated that his knees played no role in the defeat, insisting Jones was simply the better fighter that night. Now slated to square off with Forrest Griffin at UFC 134, Rua gets an opportunity to avenge a loss and perhaps more importantly, prove he still has what it takes to compete at the highest level. So what do you think LowKick'ers? Will "Shogun" catapult himself back into the title mix with a victory in Rio or will Griffin play spoiler to the Brazilian's homecoming?
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Photo: Forrest Griffin, left, fights Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC 76 during a mixed martial arts match at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA on Saturday Sept. 22, 2007. Photo credit: Francis Specker