The loss snapped a three fight winning streak for Rua, which was the longest such streak the fighter had during his UFC run.
Rua has since taken to Instagram to issue a statement on this latest defeat:
Infelizmente nem sempre a gente tem o resultado que gostaria, e entender isso faz parte da vida. Parabéns ao Anthony Smith. Por tantas e tantas vezes eu estive comemorando nesse momento e não posso tirar o mérito dele. Me dediquei, treinei muito, e fiz tudo que estava ao meu alcance pra essa luta, mas ele foi melhor nessa noite. A vida continua, obrigado pelo carinho de todos. Unfortunately we don’t always get the result we want, and to understand that fact is part of life. Congratulations to Anthony Smith. For so many times I was celebrating at this moment and I can’t take his merits from him. I dedicated myself, trained hard, and did all that was within my reach for this fight, but he was better yesterday. Life continues, thank you all for the support.
A struggling Rua has earned a 9-9-0 record during his decade-plus tenure in the UFC, with the legendary fighters biggest win coming at UFC 113, when the PRIDE alum defeated Lyoto Machida to win the UFC Light Heavyweight Title.