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VCURamFan 03-24-2011 03:23 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 part, and on all of us, wonít be lacking at all.

All the credit in the world and all merits goes to Jon Jones and his team. If before the fight he was a prospect, now he is more than a reality, he is the champion. He was better that night, performed leaving no doubts and deserved the win. There are no excuses! Now whatís left is to work hard and start again the way towards the top. To those who found ways to criticize some statements from our team to the press, Jon Jones himself spoke to me in the hotel on the night after the fight, and expresses his admiration for Shogun and apologized for any hype created before the fight that could have offended us, as it was simply part of his thing pre-fight. Once again, hats off to his team, they worked very hard and conquered their result deservingly so.

Letís go to work, Shogun has done it before, he can and will do it again.

All the best, and thanks to all,
Eduardo Alonso.

County Mike 03-24-2011 03:33 PM

All Class.

TENNESSEAN 03-24-2011 03:45 PM


Originally Posted by County Mike (Post 159239)
All Class.

yep! they got the ppv buys with out the crap, and will continue to sell tickets on talent and determination. no tiger blood needed:)

JavierDLC 03-24-2011 04:48 PM


Originally Posted by TENNESSEAN (Post 159243)
yep! they got the ppv buys with out the crap, and will continue to sell tickets on talent and determination. no tiger blood needed:)


VCURamFan 03-24-2011 04:49 PM


Originally Posted by JavierDLC (Post 159267)

Score board don't lie, never has!

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