Maurcio “Shogun” Rua may have gotten the living crap beat out of him in his first UFC title defense against rising star Jon Jones, but that didn’t stop him from running a seminar three days later at the GMA Vitor Shaolin academy in New York, black eyes and all.
GracieMag was there to take a couple pics and talk to Shogun about the fight. Not surprisingly, he didn’t have much to say about it other than the fight was pretty much over when Jones hit him with a flying knee in the opening minute of the fight.
“I’m just bummed out. He hits hard, I took a knee shot early on and was out of it the whole fight.”
It’s still unclear when Shogun will return or who he might fight when he does, but the fact that he honored his obligations and didn’t immediately fly back to Brazil to wallow in self-pity is probably a good sign that he’s keeping things in perspective. It was a tough loss, but Shogun is still young enough to regroup and make another run at a title.
On a semi-related note, UFC 128 was a highly anticipated event for hardcore MMA fans, but it doesn’t look like Shogun or Jon Jones is much of a box-office draw yet. According to early estimates (which are highly subject to change), the show only pulled in 415,000 to 470,000 pay-per-view buys. Not terrible numbers if they stick, but nowhere close to the kind of numbers the UFC’s top stars pull in.
Still, Jon Jones has superstar written all over him and UFC 128 was more or less his coming out party. His appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” should give him a little notoriety in the mainstream and his feud with Rashad Evans will keep him in the headlines. It will be interesting to see what kind of numbers that fight pulls in as it will give us an idea of how much Jones’ stardom has grown since his highly publicized championship win and crime-fighting story.
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