Originally Posted by Thom
The is real answer is that he took a hellacious beating that would have stopped most other guys in the division.
Shogun and everyone close to him say that he was 100% going into the fight, and Shogun and everyone close to him say that he looked bad because of the shots that Jones hit him with right out of the gate, but you know better than they do about his conditioning and what was going on in the cage during the fight.
Like I wrote earlier, denial is a *****.
It could have been the shots, never say never but its unlikely because as I said before, Rua looked badly gassed in rd 1... there`s no need for me to deny anything, Jones won the fight looking great doing it, it is what it is, Rua will be back & hopefully in better shape because his layoff obviously stopped him from being at 100% (IMO)