Bashful as always, but his face scratched and bruised all over, unlike usual, Maurício Shogun asked everyone to start running at 7:05 pm on Tuesday, March 22, kicking off a seminar at the academy of our GMA Vitor Shaolin, in NY.
Three days prior, Maurício’s shogunate in the under-205-lb division of the UFC came to an end in devastating fashion, by the hand and foot of the division’s new commander, Jon Jones, as you and millions of others have already come to know.
Despite his misfortune – and battered moral – the Brazilian forged ahead with his agenda. Forlorn, as was to be expected, but harboring the same humility from his days of glory in Pride FC and his ephemeral reign in the UFC.
“I’m just bummed out,” he lamented over the telephone with Renzo Gracie, while the fourteen pairs spread out over the grey practice area worked on a rib-kick defense the star taught moments earlier.
“He hits hard, I took a knee shot early on and was out of it the whole fight,” he explained.
Marcelo, who helped Shogun with translation and performing the movements too, set the bag with the former champion’s shirts and shorts on the window sill. So the fighter got to teaching and, like a lot of folks good at what they do, dove into the profession. Keep on trucking, as the saying goes. That’s what he did.
Check out some exclusive pictures from the seminar: