Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua is one of the most skilled warriors currently in the UFC. How did he become such a great fighter? Find out below.
Before we get into how ‘Shogun’ developed his unparalleled MMA skills, let’s talk about his next fight real quick. Unfortunately for Ultimate Fighting Championship fans, due to a knee injury, Rua will not return to the Octagon until spring or summer of 2011. He underwent surgery for it in June. Reports suggest that it was successful.
The wait must come as a disappointment to Rashad Evans who earned another title shot with a win over rival Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. This isn’t the first time that Rua’s knee problems have affected a scheduled fight. He was forced to withdraw from a bout against Chuck ‘The Iceman’ Lidell at UFC 85. Hopefully he recovers quickly, so we can watch a kick*ss fight between the champ and the former champ soon!
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As a biography, ‘Shogun’ Rua is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Lethal in Muay Thai. He is currently the top ranked Light Heavyweight on the planet. He is a fan favorite because of his fierce style, and flawless technique. As a young boy he lived in Curitiba, Brazil. His mom was a first class athlete, and would often have her boys join along for 10k runs. Mauricio didn’t begin training as a fighter until he was around fifteen, when he took up Muay Thai. Two years later, at seventeen, he took up Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. From there he quickly excelled, and in 2005 he won the Pride Fighting Championship’s 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix. He is currently the UFC Light Heavyweight Champ.
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