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Maurício Milani Rua (Portuguese pronunciation: [mawˈɾisiu ˈʁuɐ]; born 25 November 1981) is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Light heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2002, Rua is a former UFC Light heavyweight Champion and the 2005 PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix Champion. As of October 21, 2019, he is #14 in the UFC light heavyweight rankings.[6]

Maurício Rua
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Rua signing autographs in 2006
Born (1981-11-25) 25 November 1981 (age 37)
Curitiba, Brazil
Other namesShogun
NationalityBrazilian
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
DivisionLight heavyweight
Heavyweight
Reach76 in (193 cm)[2]
StyleMuay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out ofCuritiba, Brazil
TeamUniversidade Da Luta (2008–present)
Kings MMA (2014–present)[3]
RankBlack prajied in Muay Thai[4]
Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[4] under Antônio "Nino" Schembri[5]
Years active2002–present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total37
Wins26
By knockout21
By submission1
By decision4
Losses11
By knockout5
By submission3
By decision3
Notable relativesMurilo Rua (brother)
WebsiteMaurício "Shogun" Rua
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

BackgroundEdit

Rua was born and raised in Curitiba, Brazil and is of Italian and Portuguese descent. Rua's father is a businessman and his mother is a former track athlete and now marathon runner. He has an older brother, Murilo ("Ninja", born 1980), and a younger brother, Marcos ("Shaolin").[7] Both are mixed martial artists training at Universidade da luta, though Marcos does not compete at a professional level. The Rua brothers occasionally take 10-kilometre runs with their mother.[7] Rua began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the age of six and Muay Thai at the age of seven.[8] Rua followed his older brother in training at the Chute Boxe Academy, and was successful in BJJ championships at the blue and purple belt levels. In addition to Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, he now trains in wrestling and boxing.[9][10]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Rua started his professional career at vale tudo events in Brazil, achieving three stoppages due to strikes, including a win over future Chute Boxe Academy 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 Championships'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 in the third round.

PRIDE Fighting ChampionshipEdit

PRIDE Debut, Bushido and PRIDE 29Edit

Following his victory in the IFC tournament, Shogun made his way to Japan to enter the PRIDE organization. He made his PRIDE debut at the inaugural PRIDE Bushido 1, a side promotion for lighter fighters. In his three Bushido appearances, Rua defeated Akira Shoji, Akihiro Gono, and Yasuhito Namekawa, all by strikes in the first round.

Rua graduated to his debut in a main PRIDE event at PRIDE 29, where he faced former professional wrestler Hiromitsu Kanehara, a Japanese fighter known for his toughness. Rua defeated Kanehara by stomps early in the first round.

PRIDE 2005 Middleweight Grand PrixEdit

He entered the PRIDE 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix tournament as an underdog. For the first round of the tournament at PRIDE Total Elimination 2005, he faced Quinton Jackson, whom he had challenged after Jackson won a controversial split decision over Murilo Rua at PRIDE 29. 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 said that Shogun was the best fighter he had ever fought.[11] In the second round at PRIDE Critical Countdown 2005, Rua faced Antônio Rogério Nogueira, a member of Chute Boxe's rival academy Brazilian Top Team. Rua defeated Nogueira by unanimous decision. On 28 August 2005, Rua participated in PRIDE Final Conflict 2005, in which the last two bouts 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 Champion. He received a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu from Nino Schembri afterwards, a process that only took him four years from when he got his purple belt. This wrapped up a year in which he won Fighter of the Year honors from Sherdog.com.

Incident with Hammer HouseEdit

In the next fight after his Grand Prix win, Shogun faced Heavyweight wrestling star and PRIDE Grand Prix 2000 Champion Mark Coleman at PRIDE 31. As Coleman executed a takedown, Rua landed awkwardly and dislocated his elbow, forcing a stoppage due to injury. Coleman was pulled off of Shogun by the referee, and was confronted immediately by members of Rua's corner. This led to an in-ring brawl between Hammer House and Chute Boxe.

End of PRIDE careerEdit

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, the only submission victory of his career. In his final PRIDE appearance at Pride 33, he fought a rematch with Alistair Overeem and knocked the Dutch fighter out at 3:37 of the first round.

By the end of his run at PRIDE, Rua was ranked as the top Light heavyweight in the world by Nokaut,[12] Sherdog,[13] and MMAWeekly.com.[14]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

After the UFC bought out PRIDE, Shogun signed on with the UFC and made his debut in the organization at UFC 76. Facing The Ultimate Fighter 1 Winner Forrest Griffin, Rua was favoured to win.[15] However, Rua had difficulty with Griffin and became exhausted early on and was dominated for the remainder of the fight. He succumbed to a rear-naked choke in the final seconds of the third round. He then had surgery for a pre-existing knee injury.[16][17]

Rua left Chute Boxe in January 2008 and opened his own camp, Universidade da luta, with his brother Murilo in Curitiba.[18]

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. He was granted a rematch with Mark Coleman at UFC 93 in Dublin. Shogun defeated Coleman by TKO with 24 seconds left in the third round. 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.[19][20]

Rua's next fight took place at UFC 97 in Montreal against former longtime UFC Light heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell. Rua won 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 title shot.

Title bouts with MachidaEdit

At UFC 104 Shogun lost by unanimous decision to UFC Light heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida. All three judges scored the bout 48–47 in Machida's favor. Journalists and UFC President Dana White had scored the fight in Rua's favor.

Due to the controversy of the UFC 104 decision, a rematch was immediately announced and took place at UFC 113 on 8 May 2010 in Montreal. Rua won via knockout at 3:35 of round 1, after dropping Machida with a right and following up with punches on the ground. He was awarded the UFC Light heavyweight Championship, becoming just the second fighter to have won PRIDE and UFC titles. Following the victory, Rua underwent surgery in June to repair a knee injured during the bout against Machida.

UFC Light heavyweight ChampionEdit

Rua's first title defense was scheduled on 19 March 2011 against Rashad Evans, who had won by unanimous decision over Quinton Jackson at UFC 114 on 29 May 2010. However, following Jon Jones's 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 UFC Light heavyweight Championship. Jones accepted and the fight was programmed for UFC 128.[21] Quinton Jackson was also offered the title fight but declined, as six weeks' notice did not provide enough time to make weight.[22]

In the title fight, Jones began the fight with a flying knee to the head. Rua later said the blow greatly affected his performance for the rest of the bout.[23] Jones kept the pressure on Rua throughout the rest of the fight, utilizing unorthodox striking and ground and pound. The official result was a TKO (knee and punches) at 2:37 of round 3.[24]

Post title fightsEdit

After the loss to Jones, Rua's rematch with Forrest Griffin took place on 27 August 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 had now avenged three of his six losses.[25]

Rua faced Dan Henderson on 19 November 2011 at UFC 139, losing via unanimous decision. Henderson was in control for most of the first three rounds, dropping Rua in the third. In the fourth round, the momentum started to shift towards Rua, who was able to mount Henderson. Despite the decision loss, Rua was awarded a Fight of the Night bonus award.[26] This fight is widely viewed as the "Fight of the Year" for 2011.

Rua was expected to face Thiago Silva on 21 July 2012, at UFC 149.[27] However, Silva was forced out of the bout with an injury.[28]

Rua faced Brandon Vera on 4 August 2012, at UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. Vera.[29] In a back-and-forth affair, Shogun managed to drop Vera several times and won by TKO due to punches in the fourth round.[30]

Rua faced Alexander Gustafsson on 8 December 2012, at UFC on Fox 5.[31] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[32]

Rua was expected to face Antônio Rogério Nogueira in a rematch at UFC 161. However, Nogueira pulled out of the bout in the days leading up to the event citing a back injury. Perennial multi-divisional contender Chael Sonnen was briefly linked as a replacement for Nogueira[33] but eventually Rua was pulled from the event altogether.[34]

On 17 August 2013, at UFC Fight Night 26, Rua faced Chael Sonnen in the main event.[35] He lost the fight via a guillotine choke submission in the first round.[36]

Rua next faced James Te-Huna on 7 December 2013, at UFC Fight Night 33.[37] He won the fight via first round knockout.[38] The win also earned Rua his third Knockout of the Night bonus award.[39]

A rematch with Dan Henderson took place on 23 March 2014 at UFC Fight Night 38. After winning the first two rounds and scoring a knockdown in each, he was defeated via strikes in the third round.[40] Despite the TKO loss, Rua was given his third Fight of the Night bonus award, his second for a bout against Henderson.[41] Rua sustained a broken nose in his fight with Henderson that required surgery.[42]

On 29 October 2014, it was announced that Rua would coach opposite Anderson Silva for The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 4, which began filming in early 2015. Despite being coaches on the show, the two fighters will not face each other at the end of the season.[43]

In September 2014, Rua revealed that he had signed a new, eight-fight contract with the UFC.[44] Rua was expected to face Jimi Manuwa on 8 November 2014 at UFC Fight Night 56.[45] However, on 29 October, it was revealed that Manuwa was injured and was replaced by Ovince St. Preux.[46] Rua lost the fight via knockout at just 34 seconds into the first round, the fastest knockout loss of his career.[47]

Ten years after their first bout, Rua had a rematch against former opponent Antônio Rogério Nogueira on 1 August 2015 at UFC 190.[48] He won the fight by unanimous decision and both participants were awarded Fight of the Night honors.[49][50]

A long discussed bout against Rashad Evans was rescheduled and was expected to take place on 16 April 2016 at UFC on Fox 19.[51] However, Rua was pulled from the fight on 9 March in favor of a matchup with Corey Anderson a couple of weeks later at UFC 198.[52][53] Rua was awarded a split decision victory.[54]

Rua next faced Gian Villante on 11 March 2017 at UFC Fight Night 106.[55] He won the fight via TKO in the third round.[56]

A rematch with Ovince Saint Preux was expected to take place on 22 September 2017 at UFC Fight Night 117.[57] However, Rua pulled out of the fight as the event was approaching on 16 September and was replaced by returning veteran Yushin Okami.[58]

Rua was expected to face Volkan Oezdemir on 12 May 2018 at UFC Fight Night 129.[59] However it was reported on 13 April 2018 that Oezdemir was pulled from the event due to alleged visa issues restricting his travel to Chile.[60] The pairing was left intact and rescheduled for 22 July 2018 at UFC Fight Night 134,[61] However the bout was cancelled once again after promotion officials elected to pull Oezdemir from that fight in favor of a matchup against Alexander Gustafsson the following month at UFC 227.[62] He was replaced by Anthony Smith.[63] Rua lost the fight via knockout in the first round.[64]

Rua faced Tyson Pedro on 2 December 2018 at UFC Fight Night 142.[65] He won the fight via technical knockout in round three, finishing Pedro with a flurry of strikes after Pedro suffered a leg injury and was unable to defend himself.[66][67] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[68]

Rua is expected to face Sam Alvey on November 16, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 22.[69]

Personal lifeEdit

On 12 September 2007, Rua married physiotherapist Renata Ribeiro.[70][71] Their first child, a daughter named Maria Eduarda, was born on 15 January 2010.[72]

Before becoming a fighter, Rua worked as a model in Brazil, doing books, pictures, and even fashion shows for brands.[73] Of this time, he once said "The first work is fight, and the second is model."[73]

Rua has said that he will never fight Wanderlei Silva nor his own brother Murilo due to their personal relationships.

Championships and achievementsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
37 matches 26 wins 11 losses
By knockout 21 5
By submission 1 3
By decision 4 3
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 26–11 Tyson Pedro TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: dos Santos vs. Tuivasa 2 December 2018 3 0:43 Adelaide, Australia Performance of the Night.
Loss 25–11 Anthony Smith KO (elbow and punches) UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Smith 22 July 2018 1 1:29 Hamburg, Germany
Win 25–10 Gian Villante TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Gastelum 11 March 2017 3 0:59 Fortaleza, Brazil
Win 24–10 Corey Anderson Decision (split) UFC 198 14 May 2016 3 5:00 Curitiba, Brazil
Win 23–10 Antônio Rogério Nogueira Decision (unanimous) UFC 190 1 August 2015 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Fight of the Night.
Loss 22–10 Ovince Saint Preux TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Saint Preux 8 November 2014 1 0:34 Uberlândia, Brazil
Loss 22–9 Dan Henderson KO (punch) UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Henderson 2 23 March 2014 3 1:31 Natal, Brazil Fight of the Night.
Win 22–8 James Te-Huna KO (punch) UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Bigfoot 7 December 2013 1 1:03 Brisbane, Australia Knockout of the Night.
Loss 21–8 Chael Sonnen Submission (guillotine choke) UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen 17 August 2013 1 4:47 Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Loss 21–7 Alexander Gustafsson Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Diaz 8 December 2012 3 5:00 Seattle, Washington, United States
Win 21–6 Brandon Vera TKO (punches) UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. Vera 4 August 2012 4 4:09 Los Angeles, California, United States
Loss 20–6 Dan Henderson Decision (unanimous) UFC 139 19 November 2011 5 5:00 San Jose, California, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 20–5 Forrest Griffin KO (punches) UFC 134 27 August 2011 1 1:53 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Loss 19–5 Jon Jones TKO (punches and knees) UFC 128 19 March 2011 3 2:37 Newark, New Jersey, United States Lost the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 19–4 Lyoto Machida KO (punches) UFC 113 8 May 2010 1 3:35 Montreal, Quebec, Canada Won the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Knockout of the Night. Knockout of the Year (2010).
Loss 18–4 Lyoto Machida Decision (unanimous) UFC 104 24 October 2009 5 5:00 Los Angeles, California, United States For the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 18–3 Chuck Liddell TKO (punches) UFC 97 18 April 2009 1 4:28 Montreal, Quebec, Canada Knockout of the Night.
Win 17–3 Mark Coleman TKO (punches) UFC 93 17 January 2009 3 4:36 Dublin, Ireland Fight of the Night.
Loss 16–3 Forrest Griffin Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 76 22 September 2007 3 4:45 Anaheim, California, United States
Win 16–2 Alistair Overeem KO (punches) PRIDE 33 24 February 2007 1 3:37 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 15–2 Kazuhiro Nakamura Decision (unanimous) PRIDE Shockwave 2006 31 December 2006 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Win 14–2 Kevin Randleman Submission (kneebar) PRIDE 32 21 October 2006 1 2:35 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13–2 Cyrille Diabaté TKO (stomps) PRIDE Final Conflict Absolute 10 September 2006 1 5:29 Saitama, Japan Return to Middleweight (205 lbs).
Loss 12–2 Mark Coleman TKO (dislocated arm) PRIDE 31 26 February 2006 1 0:49 Saitama, Japan Heavyweight debut.
Win 12–1 Ricardo Arona KO (punches) PRIDE Final Conflict 2005 28 August 2005 1 2:54 Saitama, Japan Won the 2005 Pride Middleweight Grand Prix.
Win 11–1 Alistair Overeem TKO (punches) 1 6:42 2005 Pride Middleweight Grand Prix Semifinal.
Win 10–1 Antônio Rogério Nogueira Decision (unanimous) PRIDE Critical Countdown 2005 26 June 2005 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan 2005 Pride Middleweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.
Win 9–1 Quinton Jackson TKO (soccer kicks) PRIDE Total Elimination 2005 23 April 2005 1 4:47 Osaka, Japan 2005 Pride Middleweight Grand Prix Opening Round.
Win 8–1 Hiromitsu Kanehara TKO (stomp) PRIDE 29 20 February 2005 1 1:40 Saitama, Japan
Win 7–1 Yasuhito Namekawa TKO (punches) PRIDE Bushido 5 14 October 2004 1 6:02 Osaka, Japan
Win 6–1 Akihiro Gono TKO (soccer kicks) PRIDE Bushido 2 15 February 2004 1 9:04 Kanagawa, Japan
Win 5–1 Akira Shoji KO (punches) PRIDE Bushido 1 5 October 2003 1 3:47 Saitama, Japan
Loss 4–1 Renato Sobral Submission (guillotine choke) IFC: Global Domination 6 September 2003 3 3:07 Denver, Colorado, United States IFC Light heavyweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 4–0 Erik Wanderley TKO (punches) 2 2:54 IFC Light heavyweight Tournament Opening Round.
Win 3–0 Evangelista Santos TKO (punches) Meca World Vale Tudo 9 1 August 2003 1 9:22 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 2–0 Angelo de Oliveira TKO (soccer kicks) Meca World Vale Tudo 8 16 May 2003 1 0:55 Curitiba, Brazil
Win 1–0 Rafael Freitas KO (head kick) Meca World Vale Tudo 7 8 November 2002 1 4:00 Curitiba, Brazil

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See alsoEdit

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