Mauricio Rua Promises the Best of His Career is Yet to Come

UFC light heavyweight Mauricio Rua is a former champion and was for a time considered to be the most talented 205er in the division, terrorizing the PRIDE ranks while in his early-to-mid twenties. However, with recent losses to Dan Henderson and Jon Jones, some fans have started wondering if “Shogun” is on the down slope of his career.

Rua has heard the criticism and has a message for the doubters – watch his fight this Saturday night at UFC on FOX 5 with Alexander Gustafsson and then get back to him.

“I always deal with pressure. In this sport one day you are the champion, on the other you can be at the end of the line. I think that to keep a good performance you must put aside this pressure and focus on the next fight. I always think about doing my best in respect to my fans; the result is just a consequence. But I’m proud about t my career and I know that I can do much more.”

“Experience is something that you bring with you from all fights. I passed through so many different situations in my career that I learned a lot from, and they help me to face the future. Gustafsson’s coach said that I’m the past and he is the present, but he is wrong. I’m only 31. I was champion in PRIDE when I was 23 so it’s that background that I must bring with me. I know that my best is still to come and I will start to prove it on Saturday.”

“Right now I’m just thinking about my next fight, but in 2013, the fans should expect my best and me getting the belt back.”