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UFC Legend ‘Shogun’ Rua Set for Retirement

UFC fighter Maurício Milani ‘Shogun’ Rua is a legend of the fight game. In a career spanning twenty years, the Brazilian warrior has had forty-one professional fights. That’s an average of just over two fights per year. He’s won twenty-seven of those and drawn one. That record has brought him a glittering array of titles. He was the 2005 PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix Champion and is a former UFC Light Heavyweight champion, becoming only the second fighter to have won both PRIDE and UFC titles.

Now, Shogun is getting ready to step out of the UFC octagon for good. He plans to have one more fight in 2022 before leaving the fight business behind. What made him decide that now is the time to finish?

MMA Hour Interview

Before his last fight, Shogun talked to The MMA Hour about his decision to bring the curtain down on his stellar career:

“I thought about it a lot, and I think that if I had retired previously, like a while ago, I would possibly regret it and keep thinking about it and it wouldn’t be good for me. Now I think it’s the right time. I have come to terms, matured, and done the things I wanted.”

Looking back, Shogun identifies his ability to overcome a daunting list of injuries as one of the keys to his success. He believes it was his drive to succeed which enabled him to do this:

“I always had goals and dreams that I would focus on and carry out.”

It is this steely-eyed focus, this determination to be the best, that will be his sporting legacy.

Vinci Hair Transplant

That ability to focus on what he wanted to achieve has characterised Shogun’s approach to life in general. He was a successful model before deciding he wanted to be a professional fighter and making that happen. When he started experiencing significant hair loss, he decided to do something about it by having a hair transplant. In November 2020, he chose Vinci Hair Clinic for his Follicular Extraction Unit (FUE) hair transplant surgery.

Vinci FUE surgery involves removing healthy hair follicles from donor sites at the back and sides of the client’s head and grafting them into the bald areas of the scalp. Modern techniques enable Vinci transplant specialists to harvest the maximum amount of hair follicles in the minimum amount of time. In Shogun’s case, approximately 4,500 hairs were extracted from the back of his head and implanted in the frontal area. Shogun found the transplant process itself to be comfortable enough, commenting afterwards, “It was no big deal.”

Three months later, when he sat down to discuss his transplant surgery with Vinci CEO and Founder Salvar Björnsson, he expressed his satisfaction with the outcome, telling Salvar, “I’m very happy. My hair is so much better now.” Salvar explained to Shogun that his new look was still in the early stages of development and that it would get even better. It takes a full six to twelve months before the transplanted hairs are fully grown and the bald patch or receding hairline is completely covered. The final result is thick, natural hair that continues to grow for a lifetime.

The Future

Shogun’s plans, beyond spending more time with wife Renata and twelve-year-old daughter, are unclear. His success as a professional fighter for over twenty years has brought financial rewards; he’s able to choose the direction he wants to go in and won’t have to take the first paid gig that comes along. Perhaps, with his rugged good looks and impressive new head of hair, he will return to modelling. Whatever he decides to do, he will have new dreams and goals to focus on. Who would bet against him carrying them out?

UFC Legend ‘Shogun’ Rua Set for Retirement

UFC fighter Maurício Milani ‘Shogun’ Rua is a legend of the fight game. In a career spanning twenty years, the Brazilian warrior has had forty-one professional fights. That’s an average of just over two fights per year. He’s won twenty-seven of those and drawn one. That record has brought him a glittering array of titles. He was the 2005 PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix Champion and is a former UFC Light Heavyweight champion, becoming only the second fighter to have won both PRIDE and UFC titles.

Now, Shogun is getting ready to step out of the UFC octagon for good. He plans to have one more fight in 2022 before leaving the fight business behind. What made him decide that now is the time to finish?

MMA Hour Interview

Before his last fight, Shogun talked to The MMA Hour about his decision to bring the curtain down on his stellar career:

“I thought about it a lot, and I think that if I had retired previously, like a while ago, I would possibly regret it and keep thinking about it and it wouldn’t be good for me. Now I think it’s the right time. I have come to terms, matured, and done the things I wanted.”

Looking back, Shogun identifies his ability to overcome a daunting list of injuries as one of the keys to his success. He believes it was his drive to succeed which enabled him to do this:

“I always had goals and dreams that I would focus on and carry out.”

It is this steely-eyed focus, this determination to be the best, that will be his sporting legacy.

Vinci Hair Transplant

That ability to focus on what he wanted to achieve has characterised Shogun’s approach to life in general. He was a successful model before deciding he wanted to be a professional fighter and making that happen. When he started experiencing significant hair loss, he decided to do something about it by having a hair transplant. In November 2020, he chose Vinci Hair Clinic for his Follicular Extraction Unit (FUE) hair transplant surgery.

Vinci FUE surgery involves removing healthy hair follicles from donor sites at the back and sides of the client’s head and grafting them into the bald areas of the scalp. Modern techniques enable Vinci transplant specialists to harvest the maximum amount of hair follicles in the minimum amount of time. In Shogun’s case, approximately 4,500 hairs were extracted from the back of his head and implanted in the frontal area. Shogun found the transplant process itself to be comfortable enough, commenting afterwards, “It was no big deal.”

Three months later, when he sat down to discuss his transplant surgery with Vinci CEO and Founder Salvar Björnsson, he expressed his satisfaction with the outcome, telling Salvar, “I’m very happy. My hair is so much better now.” Salvar explained to Shogun that his new look was still in the early stages of development and that it would get even better. It takes a full six to twelve months before the transplanted hairs are fully grown and the bald patch or receding hairline is completely covered. The final result is thick, natural hair that continues to grow for a lifetime.

The Future

Shogun’s plans, beyond spending more time with wife Renata and twelve-year-old daughter, are unclear. His success as a professional fighter for over twenty years has brought financial rewards; he’s able to choose the direction he wants to go in and won’t have to take the first paid gig that comes along. Perhaps, with his rugged good looks and impressive new head of hair, he will return to modelling. Whatever he decides to do, he will have new dreams and goals to focus on. Who would bet against him carrying them out?