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Maurício Rua

Maurício "Shogun" Rua

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  • Given Name: Maurício Milani Rua
  • Professional MMA Record: 22-9-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Shogun
  • Current Streak: 1 Loss
  • Age: 32 | Date of Birth: 1981.11.25
  • Last Fight: March 23, 2014 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Light Heavyweight | Last Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Universidade da Luta
  • Height: 6'1" (185cm) | Reach: 76.0" (193cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $1,335,000 USD
  • Born: Curitiba, Parana, Brazil
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Curitiba, Parana, Brazil
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site

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Mauricio “Shogun” Rua began making a name for himself in MMA by defeating notable fighters Akihiro Gono and Evangelista Santos. He jumped to an impressive 8-1 record, enough to gain entrance as a dark horse into the highly prestigious Pride 2005 Middleweight (205 lbs.) Grand Prix. When he swept that tournament, “Shogun” vaulted to top of the international MMA world. Known mainly for his devastating knockout victories over some of MMA’s best in Pride and the UFC, Rua is also an accomplished Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, and defeated Kevin Randleman by kneebar in 2006. While he defeated many of his opponents with soccer kicks and stomps (both of which are illegal in the United States) during his run in Japan, Rua utilizes impressive ring movement, punishing leg kicks, seamless transitions, a very high work rate and uncanny striking accuracy to make him one of the most feared competitors in the light heavyweight division today. Loved by the Japanese people, Mauricio Rua got his nickname "Shogun" due to his domination in Pride. Shogun its the highest rank in the old Japanese Army.


Rua’s path to the Grand Prix title was extremely impressive. He defeated Quinton “Rampage” Jackson by TKO due to soccer kicks in the first round, dominating the entire proceeding, and followed that up with wins over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Alistair Overeem, and Ricardo Arona (finishing the latter two by TKO) to close out the tournament. Before the collapse of Pride FC in 2007, the now acclaimed Rua continued his winning streak, defeating Kevin Randleman and Alistair Overeem (again), among others. By that time, “Shogun” was almost universally considered the best light heavyweight fighter in the world.


Rua made his long-awaited UFC debut against Forrest Griffin at UFC 76 following a pair of length and debilitating knee surgeries. Although he lost the Griffin fight by Rear Naked Choke, Rua quickly rebounded with back-to-back knockouts over Mark Coleman and Chuck Liddell, and it became apparent that he had not been 100% in his early fights in the organization. Rua increasingly began to show the form that left MMA fans salivating for his return upon the collapse of Pride. He lost a close and controversial Split Decision for the title to Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida at UFC 104 in 2009 in a fight in which he looked extremely sharp and focused. And immediate rematch was called for, and “Shogun” knocked Machida out in the first round to win the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship, dealing Machida his first pro loss and fracturing Machida's orbital bone in the process.


Shogun would lose the belt with his first defense when he was dominated by Jon Jones. He would bounce back with a win and also get revenge for a former loss to Forrest Griffin when won by TKO in the 1st round. He would drop his next fight to Dan Henderson in what many consider to be one of the greatest fights of all time. It was a close back and forth battle with Henderson edging him out for the decision victory. He would bounce back again with a win over Brandon Vera before losing to up and coming contender Alexander Gustaffson.


Shogun was scheduled to face off against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in a rematch at UFC 161 however a Nogueira injury would put the bout off. Shogun was instead moved to the UFX on Fox Sports 1 card where he would face Chael Sonnen in the main event. Shogun would lose by submission in the first round marking the first time in his long career that he would lose back to back fights. He would follow that up with a win over James Te Huna at Fight Night 33 and also earn Knockout of the Night for his first round finish. His next fight would be a rematch against Dan Henderson. After a very impressive start in the first 2 rounds that saw Shogun almost finish Henderson he would get caught in the 3rd round and finished. He would at least earn Fight of the Night for his performance.




Last updated 04.10.2014, 11:45 AM ET
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Maurício Rua Light Heavyweight Ranking History

Maurício Rua MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
1:31 Round 3 of 5, 11:31 Total

Dan Henderson
Ref: Herb Dean

UFC Fight Night 38: Shogun vs. Henderson 2
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2014.03.23
Odds: -155 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
#92 Greatest Fight of All Time
#89 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#6 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2014
#4 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2014
UFC Fight Night 38 Fight of the Night
UFC Fight Night 38 Performance of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
1:03 Round 1 of 3

James Te Huna
Ref: John Sharp

UFC Fight Night 33: Hunt vs. Bigfoot
Co-Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2013.12.06
Odds: +125 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 KO/Night | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
#12 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2013
UFC Fight Night 33 Knockout of the Night
Loss | Submission | Choke
4:47 Round 1 of 5

Chael Sonnen
Ref: Herb Dean

UFC Fight Night 26: Shogun vs. Sonnen
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2013.08.17
Odds: -170 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $175,000 Base | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
#69 Greatest Submission of All Time
#8 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2013
UFC Fight Night 26 Submission of the Night
Cancelled Bout Antônio Rogério Nogueira UFC 161 2013.06.15
Reason: Nogueira Back Injury
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Alexander Gustafsson
Ref: Dan Miragliotta

UFC on FOX 5: Henderson vs. Diaz
Co-Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2012.12.08
Odds: +220 Moderate Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $175,000 Base | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:09 Round 4 of 5, 19:09 Total

Brandon Vera
Ref: Herb Dean

UFC on FOX 4: Shogun vs. Vera
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2012.08.04
Odds: -425 Heavy Favorite | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
#85 Greatest Fight of All Time
#10 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2012
Cancelled Bout Thiago Silva UFC 149 2012.07.21
Reason: Silva Injury
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Dan Henderson
Ref: Josh Rosenthal

UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2011.11.19
Odds: -160 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $235,000 ($165K Base, $70K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
#1 Greatest Fight of All Time
#1 Greatest Light Heavy MMA Fight of All Time
#1 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2011
#37 Greatest Comeback of All Time
UFC 139 Fight of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:53 Round 1 of 3

Forrest Griffin
Ref: Marc Goddard

UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami
Co-Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2011.08.27
Odds: -225 Moderate Favorite | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
#45 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2011
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes
2:37 Round 3 of 5, 12:37 Total

Jon Jones
Ref: Herb Dean

UFC 128: Shogun vs Jones
Main Event | Title Defense | Light HW | 205 lbs

2011.03.19
Odds: +170 Slight Underdog | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
#70 Biggest Upset of All Time
#17 Greatest Light Heavy MMA Fight of All Time
#11 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2011
#14 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2011
Cancelled Bout Rashad Evans UFC 128 2011.03.19
Reason: Evans Knee Injury
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:35 Round 1 of 5

Lyoto Machida
Ref: Yves Lavigne

UFC 113: Machida vs Shogun 2
Main Event | Title Challenge | Light HW | 205 lbs

2010.05.08
Odds: +166 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $65,000 KO/Night | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
Walkout Music: Armin van Buuren - Sail
#22 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#57 Biggest Upset of All Time
#8 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2010
#2 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2010
UFC 113 Knockout of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Lyoto Machida
Ref: Herb Dean

UFC 104: Machida vs Shogun
Main Event | Title Challenge | Light HW | 205 lbs

2009.10.24
Odds: +353 Moderate Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $250,000 ($155K Base, $95K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 204.5 lbs
Walkout Music: Armin van Buuren - Sail
#56 Greatest Fight of All Time
#5 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2009
#7 Greatest Light Heavy MMA Fight of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:28 Round 1 of 3

Chuck Liddell
Ref: Mario Yamasaki

UFC 97: Redemption
Co-Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2009.04.18
Odds: +148 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $70,000 KO/Night | Weigh-In: 206.0 lbs
#47 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2009
UFC 97 Knockout of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:36 Round 3 of 3, 14:36 Total

Mark Coleman
Ref: Kevin Mulhall

UFC 93: Franklin vs. Henderson
Co-Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2009.01.17
Odds: -386 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $40,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
UFC 93 Fight of the Night
Cancelled Bout Chuck Liddell UFC 85 2008.06.07
Reason: Rua Knee Injury
Loss | Submission | Choke
4:45 Round 3 of 3, 14:45 Total

Forrest Griffin
Ref: Steve Mazzagatti

UFC 76: Knockout
Co-Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2007.09.22
Odds: -293 Moderate Favorite Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $150,000 Base | Weigh-In: 205.5 lbs
#18 Greatest Submission of All Time
#4 Biggest Upset of All Time
#15 Greatest Light Heavy MMA Fight of All Time
UFC 76 Submission of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:37 Round 1 of 3

Alistair Overeem
Ref: Steve Mazzagatti

Pride 33: The Second Coming
Main Card | Middleweight | 205 lbs

2007.02.24
Odds: -400 Heavy Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Base | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 20:00 Total

Kazuhiro Nakamura
Ref: Moritaka Oshiro

Pride Shockwave 2006
Main Card | Middleweight | 93 kg

2006.12.31
Odds: -400 Heavy Favorite | Weigh-In: 201.0 lbs
Win | Submission | Leglock
2:35 Round 1 of 3

Kevin Randleman
Ref: Daisuke Noguchi

Pride 32: The Real Deal
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2006.10.21
Odds: -305 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $25,000 Base | Weigh-In: 206.0 lbs
#33 Greatest Submission of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Kicks
5:29 Round 1 of 3

Cyrille Diabate
Ref: Daisuke Noguchi

Pride Final Conflict Absolute
Main Card | Middleweight | 93 kg

2006.09.10
Odds: -825 Huge Favorite | Weigh-In: 203.9 lbs
Loss | KO/TKO | Injury
0:49 Round 1 of 3

Mark Coleman
Ref: Daisuke Noguchi

Pride 31: Unbreakable
Main Card | Heavyweight

2006.02.26
Odds: -450 Heavy Favorite Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 227.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:54 Round 1 of 3

Ricardo Arona
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Pride Final Conflict 2005
Main Event | Tournament Finals | 93 kg

2005.08.28
Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
6:42 Round 1 of 2

Alistair Overeem
Ref: Daisuke Noguchi

Pride Final Conflict 2005
Main Card | Tournament Semifinal | 93 kg

2005.08.28
Odds: -160 Slight Favorite | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
#27 Greatest Light Heavy MMA Fight of All Time
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 20:00 Total

Antônio Rogério Nogueira
Ref: Moritaka Oshiro

Pride Critical Countdown 2005
Main Card | Tournament Quarterfinal | 93 kg

2005.06.26
Odds: -115 Near Even | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
#19 Greatest Fight of All Time
#6 Greatest Light Heavy MMA Fight of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Kicks
4:47 Round 1 of 2

Quinton Jackson
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Pride Total Elimination 2005
Main Card | Tournament Round of 16 | 93 kg

2005.04.23
Odds: -115 Near Even | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Kick
1:40 Round 1 of 3

Hiromitsu Kanehara
Ref: Daisuke Noguchi

Pride 29: Fists of Fire
Main Card | Middleweight | 93 kg

2005.02.20
Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
6:02 Round 1 of 2

Yasuhito Namekawa

Pride Bushido 5
Main Card | Middleweight | 93 kg

2004.10.14
Win | KO/TKO | Kicks
9:04 Round 1 of 2

Akihiro Gono
Ref: Minoru Toyonaga

Pride Bushido 2
Main Card | Middleweight | 93 kg

2004.02.15
Weigh-In: 198.4 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:47 Round 1

Akira Shoji

Pride Bushido 1
Main Card | Middleweight | 93 kg

2003.10.05
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Eric Wanderlei

International Fighting Championship

2003.09.06
Loss | Submission | Choke

Renato Sobral

International Fighting Championship

2003.09.06
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Evangelista Santos

Meca World Value Tudo

2003.08.01
Win | KO/TKO | Kicks

Ângelo de Oliveira

Meca World Value Tudo

2003.05.16
Win | KO/TKO

Rafael Freitas

Meca World Value Tudo

2002.11.08

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