Tuesday, August 20
Need more proof that time waits for no man? Mauricio "Shogun" Rua is an unranked light heavyweight who appears aged well beyond his 31 years. Since his Pride days, it's been a steady drip of decline for the Brazilian -- he's 5-6 in the Octagon over a four-year stretch. Rua's latest loss to Chael Sonnen (ranked by ESPN.com at 185 pounds) signals an unambiguous end to his time as a top-tier 205-pound fighter. Should he fail to re-emerge as a ranked light heavyweight, Shogun will still be remembered as an iconic 205-pound fighter over the past decade in MMA. His 2005 campaign will always be mentioned among the best 12-month runs in the sport's history. Right now, that feels like a long, long time ago.