Mauricio “Shogun” Rua began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the age of 6 and Muay Thai at the age of 7. He later added boxing and wrestling to his repertoire.
Rua began his MMA career by competing in Vale Tudo tournaments in Brazil before joining PRIDE. Rua won the 2005 PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix, scoring victories over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Alistair Overeem and Ricardo Arona to win the title, with his wins over Overeem and Arona both coming at PRIDE Final Conflict in August 2005.
After PRIDE’s closure, Rua joined the UFC, debuting in the promotion at UFC 76 in September 2007. After a big win over Chuck Liddell at UFC 97 in April 2009, he earned a shot at Lyoto Machida and the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship at UFC 104 in October 2009. Despite the loss, the two had a re-match at UFC 113 in May 2010, where Rua knocked out Machida in the first round to win the title. However, Rua lost the title in his first defense to Jon Jones.
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