Rua signing autograph in 2006
November 25, 1981 |
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
|Reach||76 in (193 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Curitiba, Brazil|
|Team||Chute Boxe (2002–2008)
Universidade da luta (2008–present)
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Antonio Schembri|
|Years active||2002 – present (MMA)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Notable relatives||Murilo Rua (brother)|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Maurício Milani "Shogun" Rua (Portuguese pronunciation: [mawˈɾisiu ˈʁuɐ]; born November 25, 1981) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who currently fights for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and 2005 Pride Middleweight Grand Prix Champion. As of January 2013, Rua is currently ranked as the #7 light heavyweight in the world by Sherdog.
Rua was born and raised in Curitiba, Brazil. His father is a successful businessman who runs his own business, and his mother was a track athlete and is currently a marathon runner. The Rua brothers occasionally run 10 km runs with their mother as well. Shogun has an older brother, Murilo (born 1980), and a younger brother, Marcos "Shaolin" Rua. Both are mixed martial artists training at Universidade da luta, though Marcos does not compete at a professional level.
Rua began training in Muay Thai at the age of 15, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu at 17. In contrast, Pride announcer Mauro Ranallo once claimed that Shogun began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) at the age of six and Muay Thai at seven, and achieved a record of 10-0 in Muay Thai competition. He was very successful in BJJ championships at the Blue and Purple belt level. Rua followed his older brother's footsteps after Murilo started training at the Chute Boxe Academy. In addition to Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, he also currently trains in wrestling and western boxing.
Mixed martial arts career
Rua started his professional career at vale tudo events in Brazil, achieving three stoppages due to strikes, including a win over future Chute Boxe teammate Evangelista Santos. In a fast-paced bout, Santos matched Rua on the feet until Rua took Santos to the ground and forced a stoppage due to strikes from mount. Shogun then entered the International Fighting Championship's (IFC) "Global Domination" tournament. Rua won his first bout against Erik Wanderlei due to punches, and in the second bout got the first submission loss of his career against Renato Sobral with a guillotine choke in the third round.
Pride Fighting Championship
Following his victory in the IFC tournament, Shogun made his way to Japan to enter the Pride Fighting Championship. He made his Pride debut at the inaugural Pride Bushido 1, a side promotion for lighter weight fighters. In his three Bushido appearances, Rua defeated Akira Shoji, Akihiro Gono, and Yasuhito Namekawa all by strikes in the first round. With his success, Rua graduated to his debut in a main Pride event at Pride 29, where he faced former professional wrestler Hiromitsu Kanehara. Rua defeated Kanehara by stomps and soccer kicks early in the first round.
Rua's success and similar background led to comparisons with his Chute Boxe teammate and Pride Middleweight Champion Wanderlei Silva. However, when he entered the PRIDE 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix tournament, he entered as a heavy underdog. For the first round of the tounament at Pride Total Elimination 2005, he faced Quinton Jackson, whom he had challenged after Jackson won a controversial split decision over his brother, Murilo at PRIDE 29. Jackson had been the runner-up in the Pride 2003 Middleweight Grand Prix, but Maurício dominated the favored fighter from beginning to end, breaking Jackson's ribs with knee strikes and ending the fight in dramatic fashion with soccer kicks to the face in the first round. Jackson later stated that Shogun was the best fighter he had ever fought. In the second round at Pride Critical Countdown 2005, Rua faced Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, a member of Chute Boxe's rival academy Brazilian Top Team. Rua defeated Nogueira by unanimous decision. On August 28, 2005, Rua participated in Pride Final Conflict 2005, in which the last two rounds of the tournament were held on the same night. Rua defeated Alistair Overeem by TKO in the first round, while Ricardo Arona defeated Rua's teammate Wanderlei Silva by decision. Rua and Arona faced each other in the final bout of the tournament. At 2:54 in the first round, Rua knocked Arona out with punches to win the bout and become the 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix winner. He received a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu from Nino Schembri afterwards. This wrapped up a year in which he won Fighter of the Year honors from Sherdog.com. In the very next fight after his Grand Prix win, Shogun faced heavyweight wrestler and Pride Grand Prix 2000 winner Mark Coleman at Pride 31. As Coleman executed a takedown, Rua landed awkwardly and dislocated his elbow, forcing a stoppage due to injury. At Pride Final Conflict Absolute he defeated French kickboxer Cyrille Diabate by tapout due to stomps. At Pride 32 he submitted former UFC Heavyweight Champion Kevin Randleman with a kneebar at 2:35 of the first round. In his final Pride appearance at Pride 33, he fought a rematch with Alistair Overeem and knocked the Dutchman out at 3:37 of the first round.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
After the UFC bought out Pride, Shogun signed on with the UFC and made his highly anticipated debut in the organization at UFC 76. Facing The Ultimate Fighter 1 winner Forrest Griffin, Rua was widely regarded as the top light heavyweight fighter in the world and considered a heavy favorite to win. However, Rua had difficulty with Griffin and became exhausted early on and was dominated for the remainder of the fight. After losing both of the previous rounds, Rua ultimately succumbed to a rear naked choke in the final seconds of the third round. Shogun who had injured his knee a month before the fight hadn't been able to properly train and further damaged it during the bout, had surgery afterwards while Griffin would soon have minor shoulder surgery to repair a nagging injury. Rua left Chute Boxe in January 2008 and opened his own camp, Universidade da luta, with his brother Murilo in his hometown, Curitiba, Brazil.
In the months following his surgery Rua completely reruptured damaged ligaments during training and was forced to undergo a second knee surgery. This forced him to drop out of UFC 85. Instead, he was granted a rematch with Mark Coleman at UFC 93 in Dublin, Ireland. Shogun defeated Coleman by TKO with 24 seconds left in the third round after both fighters were visibly exhausted. The fight earned co-Fight of the Night honors and a $40,000 bonus. In spite of the award, Rua drew criticism from fans, for his lackluster performance against Coleman, who was 44 years old at the time and had not competed in over two years. Rua's next fight took place at UFC 97 in Montreal, Canada against former longtime UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell. Shogun went on to defeat Chuck by KO due to strikes. With this victory, Rua returned to the top-ten rankings for the light heavyweight division, and the UFC decided to put him next in line for a shot at the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship, which many fans complained about due to his last two previous performances and the fact that he only held one victory over a top-ten light heavyweight fighter.
Fighting for the UFC Light Heavyweight title
At UFC 104 Shogun lost a unanimous decision to UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida. All three judges scored the bout 48–47 in favor of Machida. The majority of MMA fans and media as well as UFC President Dana White had scored the fight in Shogun's favor. A rematch seemed only appropriate due to the arguable decision.
UFC Light Heavyweight Champion
Due to the controversy of the decision, of his UFC 104 loss to Machida, a rematch was immediately announced and took place at UFC 113 on May 8, 2010 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Rua won via knockout at 3:35 of round 1, after dropping Machida with a right and following up with punches on the ground, and was awarded the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship becoming the second fighter in MMA History to win a Pride Grand Prix championship and a UFC title. Following the victory, Rua underwent surgery in June to repair a knee injured during the bout against Machida. Then, it was later revealed that Machida had entered their re-match with an injury to his left hand.
After roughly 2 months after winning the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship, UFC President: Dana White, would officially confirm that Rua's first title defense would be on March 19, 2011 against Rashad Evans, who had recently won a unanimous decision over Quinton Jackson at UFC 114 on May 29, 2010.
However, following Jon Jones' victory over Ryan Bader at UFC 126, it was announced that Evans had blown his knee out in training and would not be able to face Rua. Jones was told during his post-fight interview that the UFC wanted him to replace Evans against Rua for the Light Heavyweight Championship. Jones accepted and the fight which took place at UFC 128. Rua later disclosed that Quinton Jackson was offered the title fight but declined, which Jackson confirmed, explaining the reasons he declined was due to the short notice; six weeks and because he would not be able to make weight.
Rua lost the belt during his first title defense to Jon Jones. Jones was able to overwhelm Rua from start to finish beginning with a flying right knee to the head of Rua mere seconds into the first round. Rua would later attribute that the single first knee that Jones landed mere seconds into the fight to greatly affecting his performance for the rest of the bout. Jones kept the pressure on Rua throughout the rest of the fight, utilizing unorthodox striking and ground-and-pound to defeat Shogun in the third round.
After Rua's loss against Jones, Rua's rematch with Forrest Griffin took place on August 27, 2011 at UFC 134. In a match that looked like the complete opposite of their original bout, Shogun demonstrated good head movement and footwork, as well as good accuracy and striking power, to win the bout via KO early in the first round. Rua has now avenged 3 of his 6 losses.
Rua faced Dan Henderson on November 19, 2011 at UFC 139, losing via unanimous decision. Henderson was clearly in control for the first three rounds, dropping Rua in the third and nearly finishing him. By the fourth round, the tide began to shift towards Rua, who was able to mount Henderson in the later fourth and fifth rounds. Rua, however, was also exhausted, and was unable to land meaningful or damaging strikes to Henderson from this position. This fight was widely viewed as the "Fight of the Year" for 2011.
Rua faced Brandon Vera on August 4, 2012 at UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. Vera. In a back-and-forth affair, Shogun managed to drop Vera several times in a tough fight but was able to defeat Vera via TKO due to punches in the 4th round.
Before becoming a fighter Rua worked as a model in Brazil, doing books, pictures, and even fashion shows for brands. He later stated in English, "The first work is fight, and the second is model." Due to his relationship with Wanderlei Silva and of course with his own brother, Rua has stated that those are the only two people that he would never fight Maurício is of Italian and Portuguese descent.
Championships and achievements
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- World MMA Awards
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|28 matches||21 wins||7 losses|
|Loss||21–7||Alexander Gustafsson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Diaz||December 8, 2012||3||5:00||Seattle, Washington, United States|
|Win||21–6||Brandon Vera||TKO (punches)||UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. Vera||August 4, 2012||4||4:09||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Loss||20–6||Dan Henderson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 139||November 19, 2011||5||5:00||San Jose, California, United States||Fight of the Night. 2011 Fight of the Year.|
|Win||20–5||Forrest Griffin||KO (punches)||UFC 134||August 27, 2011||1||1:53||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Loss||19–5||Jon Jones||TKO (punches & knees)||UFC 128||March 19, 2011||3||2:37||Newark, New Jersey, United States||Lost UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||19–4||Lyoto Machida||KO (punches)||UFC 113||May 8, 2010||1||3:35||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Won UFC Light Heavyweight Championship; Knockout of the Night; 2010 KO of the Year.|
|Loss||18–4||Lyoto Machida||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 104||October 24, 2009||5||5:00||Los Angeles, California, United States||For the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||18–3||Chuck Liddell||TKO (punches)||UFC 97||April 18, 2009||1||4:28||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Knockout of the Night.|
|Win||17–3||Mark Coleman||TKO (punches)||UFC 93||January 17, 2009||3||4:36||Dublin, Ireland||Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||16–3||Forrest Griffin||Submission (rear naked choke)||UFC 76||September 22, 2007||3||4:45||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||16–2||Alistair Overeem||KO (punches)||Pride 33||February 24, 2007||1||3:37||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||15–2||Kazuhiro Nakamura||Decision (unanimous)||Pride Shockwave 2006||December 31, 2006||3||5:00||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Win||14–2||Kevin Randleman||Submission (kneebar)||Pride 32||October 21, 2006||1||2:35||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||13–2||Cyrille Diabaté||KO (stomps)||Pride Final Conflict Absolute||September 10, 2006||1||5:29||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||12-2||Mark Coleman||TKO (broken arm)||Pride 31||February 26, 2006||1||0:49||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Win||12–1||Ricardo Arona||KO (punches)||Pride Final Conflict 2005||August 28, 2005||1||2:54||Saitama, Saitama, Japan||2005 Pride Middleweight GP Champion.|
|Win||11–1||Alistair Overeem||TKO (punches)||Pride Final Conflict 2005||August 28, 2005||1||6:42||Saitama, Saitama, Japan||2005 Pride Middleweight GP Semifinal.|
|Win||10–1||Antônio Rogério Nogueira||Decision (unanimous)||Pride Critical Countdown 2005||June 26, 2005||3||5:00||Saitama, Saitama, Japan||2005 Pride Middleweight GP Quarterfinal; 2005 Fight of the Year.|
|Win||9–1||Quinton Jackson||TKO (soccer kicks)||Pride Total Elimination 2005||April 23, 2005||1||4:47||Osaka, Japan||2005 Pride Middleweight GP Opening Round.|
|Win||8–1||Hiromitsu Kanehara||KO (soccer kick)||Pride 29||February 20, 2005||1||1:40||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Win||7–1||Yasuhito Namekawa||KO (punch and soccer kicks)||Pride Bushido 5||October 14, 2004||1||6:02||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||6–1||Akihiro Gono||KO (soccer kick)||Pride Bushido 2||February 15, 2004||1||9:04||Kanagawa, Japan|
|Win||5–1||Akira Shoji||KO (punches & stomp)||Pride Bushido 1||October 5, 2003||1||3:47||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||4–1||Renato Sobral||Submission (guillotine choke)||IFC: Global Domination||September 6, 2003||3||3:07||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Win||4–0||Erik Wanderlei||KO (punches)||IFC: Global Domination||September 6, 2003||2||2:54||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Win||3–0||Evangelista Santos||KO (punches)||Meca World Vale Tudo 9||August 1, 2003||1||8:12||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||2–0||Angelo de Oliveira||KO (soccer kicks)||Meca World Vale Tudo 8||May 16, 2003||1||0:55||Curitiba, Brazil|
|Win||1–0||Rafael Freitas||KO (head kick)||Meca World Vale Tudo 7||November 8, 2002||1||4:00||Curitiba, Brazil|
- List of male mixed martial artists
- List of PRIDE champions
- List of UFC champions
- List of current mixed martial arts champions
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|11th UFC Light Heavyweight Champion
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|Pride FC Middleweight Tournament winner
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