Former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Hua (41, Brazil) is retiring in his home country, Brazil. Shogun is the last Pride FC fighter left in the UFC.
Shogun passed the last light heavyweight weigh-in at 205 pounds (93 kg) on the 20th (Korean time). He will have a mixed martial arts (MMA) retirement match against Ihor Porteria (26, Ukraine) at the UFC 283: Teixeira vs. Hill event held at Jiunis Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on the 22nd.
Porteria also weighed in at 205 pounds (93 kg).
It was a legendary career. He made his professional debut in 2002 and became the Pride FC Middleweight (93kg) Grand Prix Champion in 2005, three years later. After the UFC’s acquisition of Pride FC in 2007, he moved to the UFC and won the light heavyweight championship in 2010.
He recorded 27 wins, 1 draw and 13 losses in 41 matches over 20 years. He defeated legends such as Quinton Jackson, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Ali Star Overeem, Lyoto Machida and Chuck Liddell.
The popularity in Korea, where Pride FC was very popular in the 2000s, was also great. In the UFC, he was called the ‘Stamping Grand Master’ by rampaging stamping and soccer kicks, which were banned. In 2015, he also visited Korea to meet Korean fans ahead of the UFC Seoul event.
With Shogun’s retirement, Pride FC also remained only in the memories of martial arts fans.
The reason why Shogun, who overcame the injustice, postponed his retirement was because he wanted to finish his career in his home country, Brazil. At Media Day held on the 19th, Shogun said, “I wanted to play the last game in Brazil. It’s going to be really hard. Every match carries a lot of emotion, adrenaline and tension. However, since it is the last game, I will focus on it and overcome it.”
He left no regrets in his fighter life. Shogun said, “I will completely end my career. Many people retire and return after a few years. But I hate that. I’m going to retire completely,” he said.
“It could have been done years ago. However, I didn’t want to regret it because I set the wrong timing for retirement. His wife, after they got married in 2007, kept encouraging me to retire. But this time, I think I’m retiring at the right time.” 슬롯사이트
Lastly, “I spent a grateful career. It was an honor. Thank God. After playing my last game this Sunday, I can say that I have had a very honored and happy career. I have achieved a lot,” he said.
In this tournament, all players, including the four players who will compete for the double title, passed the weigh-in.
Glover Teixeira (43, Brazil) and Jamahal Hill (31, USA), competing for the vacant light heavyweight title, weighed 205 pounds (93 kg) and 204.5 pounds (92.8 kg), respectively.
Flyweight champion Davidson Figueredo (35, Brazil) and interim champion Brandon Moreno (29, Mexico) both hit the limit at 125 pounds (56.7 kg). The two will fight for the first four straight flyweight titles in UFC history.
The UFC 283: Teixeira VS Hill main card will be broadcast live on TVING on the 22nd (Sun) at 12:00 PM. Undercard will be broadcast live from 10:00 am.