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Maurício Rua vs. Ricardo Arona

Main Event | Grand Prix Championship | 93 kg

Maurício Rua defeats Ricardo Arona via KO/TKO at 2:54 of Round 1

Mmaweekly large Maurício "Shogun" Rua
Mmaweekly large "The Brazilian Tiger" Ricardo Arona

Round 1

Maurício Rua Ricardo Arona

"Shogun" "The Brazilian Tiger"

10-1-0   Pro Record At Fight   11-2-0
Climbed to 11-1   Record After Fight   Fell to 11-3
Br Brazil   Nationality   Br Brazil
Curitiba, Parana, Brazil   Fighting out of   Brazil
23 years, 9 months, 3 days   Age at Fight   27 years, 1 month, 1 week, 4 days
205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs)
6'1" (185cm)   Height   5'11" (181cm)
76.0" (193cm)   Reach   N/A
Vila da Luta (Primary)
Kings MMA (Other)
  Gym   Brazilian Top Team
Pride Final Conflict 2005
  • Bout Information
  • Event: Pride Final Conflict 2005
  • Date: Sunday 08.28.2005
  • Referee: Yuji Shimada
  • Venue: Saitama Super Arena
  • Enclosure: Ring
  • Location: Saitama, Japan
  • Bout Billing: Main Event (fight 7 of 7)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight: 93 kg (205.0 lbs)
  • TV Commentary: Mauro Ranallo, Bas Rutten
  • Broadcast:
  • Post-Fight Interviewer:
  • Rua Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
  • Arona Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
  • Title on Line: Grand Prix Championship
  • Belt Status Before Fight: N/A
  • Tournament: Pride 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix
  • Tournament Round: Finals
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Rua vs. Arona Wiki Update Wiki

After battling his way through some of the best 205 lb. fighters of his time, including Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, and Alistair Overeem, en route to a spot in the tournament finals, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua was on the cusp of earning a spot in the MMA history books by taking the 2005 Pride Middleweight Grand Prix, and he did so with flying colors in the main event of Pride Finals Conflict 2005.

Mauro Ranallo and Bas Rutten called the action. Ranallo: “A huge purse at stake, a tournament championship belt at stake, but more importantly, Bas, so much more at stake here; the battle between Brazilian Top Team and Chute Boxe. Mauricio Rua looking to avenge the loss of the team leader, Wanderlei Silva.” Just like in his opening round destruction of Quinton Jackson, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua dominated Arona from bell to bell en route to a first-round knockout to win the 2005 Pride Middleweight Grand Prix. Rua finally polished Arona off from an awkward s-mount position that most fighters would find hard to strike from. Shogun, however, rained down pinpoint hammerfists that knocked Arona unconcious. Rutten: “Unbelievable. What a future this guy has.”

While Shogun would lose his next fight to Mark Coleman when he broke his arm in the first round, he would continue to dominate the Pride middleweight division before moving to the UFC in 2007, where he would eventually take the light heavyweight title in 2010.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:36 PM ET
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