In all of 34 seconds, Ovince St. Preux knocked out Mauricio Shogun Rua (watch the brutal video here) in the main event of UFC Fight Night 56 last night (Sat., Nov. 8, 2014) in Uberlandia, Brazil on Fox Sports 1. It was a swift, brutal destruction of a once proud fighter, who described it as such at the post-fight press conference:
"I worked some of those kicks before, but unfortunately he was happy to land a good punch. The punch landed clean and that's when the knockout happened. He was happy to get it. I made a mistake."
The defeat marked the fourth in five fights for the aging Brazilian, the last two coming by way of knockout. It's only natural, then, to wonder how much longer UFC President Dana White will feel comfortable promoting a legend whose skills have quite clearly deteriorated over the years.
For his part, Shogun is talking like retirement isn't on his mind:
"Losing is always bad. At this weight class and heavyweight when a punch lands, you feel it. But I'm going to get through this loss and talk to my team and think about the future but defeats always suck."
Some would argue the only future he may have in the fight game is in the middleweight division, and if not there then not at all. Either way, the numbers make clear a drastic change is in order. After starting his career 16-2, with one of those losses coming by way of a fluke injury, he's gone 6-8 since making his way to the Octagon. You could blame his woes on injury and you wouldn't necessarily be wrong, but the reality remains.
What does the future hold?