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VCURamFan 03-24-2011 02:23 PM

Open Letter from Eduardo Alonso (Shogun's Manager)
Originally posted on Sherdog & the UG, but I got this from


My friends,

Everything is still too recent, I was taking my time until I would make a statement, as we are still close to UFC 128. I started to read some of the hundreds of messages on forums, twitter and other media sources, and after addressing the Brazilian public first, I decided to also make a simple statement in the two major MMA forums, Sherdog, which I respect a lot for having an enormous number of fans that support the sport, and the UG, which also has a number of fans and was where I started my life in MMA many years ago.

My goal is simple and clear. I want to thank the support from so many fans to Shogun and our team, before, during and after the fight at UFC 128. I want ALSO to thank a lot to all the critics, being them constructive or not, directed to the fighter and all of us. After UFC 93, I went on the Brazilian forum of Portaldovt and made a similar statement, even bigger, and what we saw after that was an ever improving Shogun from fight to fight, in a route that led him to the belt of what is probably the toughest weight class and more challenging one in the promotion. So obviously, critics are welcome, as well as all the support.

With all that said, excuses wonít fit here, not ifs, not maybeís or nothing like that. Work was done in the better way it was decided to be done, and in a team everybody signs the results, both when winning or losing. Always, anything in life can be better, and certainly some things can be improved. Analysis regarding that will stay as an internal issue, and this happens both in winning and losing, but itís due to every professional to use defeat as a learning tool to learn valuable lessons and keep evolving. It wonít be any different with Shogun, with team UDL, and of course, with myself.

Even thought he lost the fight and his belt, Shogun Rua showed courage, heart and tried his best in the octagon. He has all our respect for that, and will always have, making us proud for all that he already did in the past, keep doing and will certainly do in the future. Iím absolutely certain he will make a comeback to the top, cause he has more than enough talent, intelligence and youth to do it. Hard work and dedication on his p