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Mauricio Rua In The News
Posted on December 9, 2011
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Mauricio Shogun Rua Profile
Even though some speculate that Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua started training in Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu when he was 8 or 9 years old, it was a handful of years later when he started. Early on in his Jiu-Jitsu career he was very successful in grappling tournaments, and became more and more committed to combat sports. Athletic competition was part of his DNA, as his Brazilian mother competed in marathons and always stressed being active and being in shape. After training for a few years in those disciplines, he decided to follow in his brother Murilio’s foot steps and train at the now infamous Chute Boxe Academy. Chute Boxe Academy which is primarily known for their intense full contact practices and for producing some of the best talent to ever fight in the sport of mixed martial arts. Former Chute Boxe fighters include former Pride champion Wanderlei Silva, UFC champion Anderson Silva, his brother former Elite XC champion Murilo Ninja Rua, Rafael Cordeiro, Gabriel Gonzaga and Fabricio Werdum.
In 2002 Shogun officially started his mixed martial arts career in Brazil by fighting at Vale Tudo (translated ‘anything goes’) events, and before long he had won his first 4 fights. One of which that included future Strikeforce champion Evangelisto Santos. He experienced his first loss when another future champion Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral defeated him via guillotine choke late in the third round. Despite the loss, Rua had already made waves in MMA and was invited to fight in the Pride organization. In 3 years, Rua put together 11 wins with only one loss (to Mark Coleman early in the fight the ref stopped it because he had a broken arm,) and won the Pride 2005 middleweight world grand prix at the age of 23. After the win he received his black belt in Jiu-Jitsu from Schembri "Nino" Schembri. Shogun quickly became known as a ruthless striker who was known for finishing his fights as only one of his Pride fights went to decision. He holds wins in Pride over future Strikeforce/K1/Dream Champion Alistair Overeem (2 times,) future Pride/UFC champion Quinton Rampage Jackson, UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randellman, and Antônio Rogério ‘Minotoro’ Nogueira just to name a few.
Shogun made his UFC debut at UFC 76 against future light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin after Pride was bought out by the UFC. Shogun was defeated in the late in the fight by Griffin via rear naked choke. It was later discovered he had a knee injury in training camp, and he re-injured it during the fight, and he was forced to take time off to get surgery. After not fighting at all in 2008, Shogun was granted a rematch to his only Pride loss Mark Coleman, and in a fight of the night performance he finished Coleman with less than 30 seconds in the final round. After knocking out Chuck Liddell in his next fight, Shogun fought Lyoto Machida for the light heavyweight strap. Shogun was declared the loser in a 5 round decision that some call controversial. It was such a close fight a rematch for the title was immediately scheduled, and Shogun finished Machida half way through the first round and won the UFC belt. After injuries claimed his opponents, the young Jon Jones was named the first challenger to his title, and Shogun was beaten in the third round losing the belt.
Rua now has a rematch with Forrest Griffin scheduled to take place at UFC 134 in Brazil. The last time he fought in Brazil was in 2003, almost ten years ago.