Mauricio Shogun Rua Biography Introduction:
Most believed Mauricio Rua had little chance of winning the PRIDE 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix coming in. After all, then teammate and PRIDE Middleweight Champion Wanderlei Silva
hadn't lost to a middleweight in 19 fights, and there were several other proven competitors participating. But Rua made it to the championship round against Ricardo Arona, the first middleweight to defeat Silva in 21 fights, by defeating Quinton Jackson
, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, and Alistair Overeem in succession, And when that fateful day came, Arona learned what Chute Boxe already knew. The future was here, and its name was Shogun
Date of Birth:
Mauricio Rua was born in Curitiba, Brazil on November 25, 1981.
Training Camp, Fighting Organization, and Nickname:
Rua is known for having once trained at Chute Boxe Academy in Brazil with Wanderlei Silva, his older brother Murilo "Ninja" Rua, and several other excellent fighters. In 2008, following an exodus of top flight talent, he and his brother Murilo "Ninja" Rua decided to leave Chute Boxe to form their own team called Universidade da Luta (UDL). Andre Amade and Mauricio Veio both accepted an offer to share ownership with the Ruas and UDL, located in Curitiba, Brazil, was born.
Rua currently fights for the UFC. His nickname is Shogun.
Early Martial Arts Training and MMA Beginnings:
Rua started training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
at age six and Muay Thai at age seven. Eventually, he followed his older brother's footsteps and began attending Chute Boxe Academy, where he continued his training in previous disciplines and added every other style of fighting that MMA
fighters must know.
Rua made his MMA debut in 2002 at Meca World Vale Tudo 7, defeating Rafael Capoeira by first round KO. In fact, he won four of his first five MMA fights, with his lone loss coming to Renato "Babalu" Sobral by way of a guillotine choke. And that's when the PRIDE Fighting Championships came calling.
Shogun Rua in PRIDE:
Rua had an outstanding career in the now defunct PRIDE organization, winning 12 of 13 fights for them and taking home the PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix title noted earlier. His lone loss came at the hands of Mark Coleman when a dislocated elbow following a takedown derailed his express. That said, he still defeated fighters like Alistair Overeem (twice by (T)KO), Ricardo Arona (KO), Akihiro Gono (TKO), Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (TKO), and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (decision) while competing for the organization.
Rua Loses to Forrest Griffin in the UFC and Injuries:
When Rua finally signed with the UFC following PRIDE's fall, many thought he would soon own the UFC Light Heavyweight title. His debut came against the always tough Forrest Griffin
at UFC 76. Unfortunately, Rua hardly looked like the vicious striker that many had come to know when he fought in PRIDE, and he eventually succumbed to Griffin via a rear naked choke
. Later it became known that Rua had suffered a knee injury during training that ended up requiring surgery. Rua returned to the UFC with a less-than-stellar win over Mark Coleman at UFC 93.
Rua is known for vicious combinations on his feet, that often include knees in the clinch, low kicks, and powerful punches. While with PRIDE, both he and teammate Wanderlei Silva became known for stomps on downed opponents and soccer kicks, but such strikes are not allowed in the UFC. Beyond his striking
, Rua owns a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and possesses very good takedowns, takedown defense, and ground control capabilities, as he once showed very clearly in a victory over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira back in 2005.
In the end, many opponents have simply withered when confronted with his frenetic pace.
Rua is the son of a successful businessman (father) and track athlete (mother). His older brother, Murilo "Ninja" Rua is a successful MMA fighter, and his younger brother Marco "Shaolin" Rua also trains in MMA but is not a professional fighter. On September 12, 2007, Rua married Renato Ribeiro, a physiotherapist.
Some of Mauricio Shogun Rua's Greatest Victories:
- Rua defeats Chuck Liddell by first round TKO at UFC 97: Coming into this fight, Rua had looked like a shell of his former self in both of his prior UFC fights. But against Liddell he displayed the fierce low kicks, timely takedowns, and overall fast pace that he once showed in PRIDE, allowing him to land a big left hand that floored "The Iceman" in the first stanza on his way to a TKO victory. This fight signaled to the world that the old Rua was back.
- Rua defeats Antonio Rogerio Nogueira by decision at PRIDE Critical Countdown 2005: Coming into this fight, most believed that Rua had the striking advantage and Nogueira had the grappling advantage. Instead, Nogueira looked better on his feet than his adversary, and Rua looked better on the ground. In the end, Rua's versatility allowed him to walk away with a victory against a very tough opponent.
- Rua defeats Ricardo Arona by first round KO at PRIDE Final Conflict 2005: Could Rua somehow manage to handle Arona's ground game? The legendary Wanderlei Silva couldn't, but Rua did rather easily. This fight announced that Rua was now an elite fighter, not just one with potential.