Last weekend, in the co-main event of UFC Adelaide, Australia’s Tyson Pedro stepped into the Octagon with Brazilian legend Mauricio “Shogun” Rua — easily one of the toughest tests of his career.
Unfortunately, this fight did not go as planned for the young Aussie.
While he had some success early in the fight, he began to fade in the second, and was ultimately put away by a storm of punches in the third frame.
This, of course, is not the outcome Tyson Pedro was hoping for — especially in front of a partisan crowd. That being said, the 27-year-old seems to be in good spirits.
He made a quick statement in a video uploaded to his social media channels after the fight.
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The highest of highs and lowest of lows. No excuses, just love for the journey. Can’t be sad when I gave everything this camp. Thankyou for the support this was one I wanted to give to the fam but that’s the game. Thankyou for everyone who helped this camp. It was an honour @shogunoficial
“The highest of highs and lowest of lows,” he said in the caption for his post. “No excuses, just love for the journey. Can’t be sad when I gave everything this camp. Thank you for the support this was one I wanted to give to the fam but that’s the game. Thank you for everyone who helped this camp. It was an honour [Shogun].”
“Hard day in the office for the Australians and the Polynesians, but we all brought it, we all came, and we all trained our asses off, so there’s no excuses,” he added in the video itself. “Congratulations to all of our opponents. Hopefully we still look pretty. But yeah, just wanted to say thank you to everyone. Thank you for the messages. After rehab, Christmas, I’ll be straight back in there.”
With this loss, Tyson Pedro falls onto a two-fight skid, having also recently come up short against Ovince Saint Preux. His last win occurred in February, when he picked up a first-round submission win over Saparbek Safarov. He’s now 7-3 overall.
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 12/3/2018.