Shogun Rua Inducted Into 2024 UFC Hall of Fame

Former UFC and PRIDE fighter Mauricio Rua, known as “Shogun”, will be inducted into the UFC’s 2024 Hall of Fame.

The 42-year-old was known for his attacking style, most famously winning the 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix Tournament in PRIDE. Victories over Quinton Jackson, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Alistair Overeem, and Ricardo Arona secured him the title. Rua then joined the UFC in 2007.

His debut did not go as planned. He lost to Forrest Griffin in a major upset at UFC 76. However, he bounced back to win the UFC Light Heavyweight Title via a first-round KO of Lyoto Machida at UFC 113. Further milestones followed, including a memorable fight with Dan Henderson. 

Rua lost the rematch via a knockout, but the fight was inducted into the 2018 UFC Hall of Fame. Rua would retire in 2023 after losing Ihor Potieria, finishing with an MMA record of 27-14-1. Fans saw Rua as he attended UFC 301 at the Farmasi Arena in Rio de Janeiro. He was met with warm applause and will get a similar reception when the 2024 UFC Hall of Fame ceremony takes place on June 27 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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