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"Shogun"
Mauricio Rua
Light Heavyweight Division • 27-11-1 (W-L-D)

Stats & Records

  • 1
    Fight Win Streak
  • 21
    Wins by Knockout
  • 1
    Wins by Submission
Striking accuracy 52% 52%

Striking accuracy

Sig. Strikes Landed
728
Sig. Strikes Attempted
1396
Grappling accuracy 43% 43%

Grappling accuracy

Takedowns Landed
21
Takedowns Attempted
56
3.51
Sig. Str. Landed
Per Min
4.13
Sig. Str. Absorbed
Per Min
1.74
Takedown avg
Per 15 Min
0.29
Submission avg
Per 15 Min
55
%
Sig. Str. Defense
46
%
Takedown Defense
1.01
Knockdown Ratio
10:54
Average fight time

Sig. Str. By Position

Standing
480 (66%)
Clinch
123 (17%)
Ground
125 (17%)

Sig. Str. by target

62% 453 Head 15% 112 Body 22% 163 Leg

Win By Way

KO/TKO
21 (78%)
DEC
5 (19%)
SUB
1 (4%)

Event Results

Biography

Status
Active
Hometown
Curitiba, Brazil
Trains at
Kings MMA - Huntington Beach, CA
Age
38
Height
73.00
Weight
205.00
Octagon Debut
Sep. 22, 2007
Reach
76.00
Leg reach
40.50
Q & A

TRAINING: As always, training twice a day, eating and resting between training sessions, and then it all starts again the next day.

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started to train when I was 16 years old (1997), following in the steps of my older brother Murilo Ninja. For sure, I started to train because of him, and I went to the Chute Boxe Academy to watch him train.

What ranks and titles have you held? Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. PRIDE GRAND PRIX title in 2005 - It was a very difficult tournament and I beat some top guys to reach the title like Quinton Jackson, Rogerio Minotoro Nogueira and Ricardo Arona. TUF Brazil 4 coach. UFC Hall of Famer (Fight wing for Henderson I)

Do you have any heroes? My older brother Murilo Ninja is my hero. I'm a fighter today because of him; he was the guy that motivated me to get into the sport, and with my masters Rudimar Fedrigo and Rafael Cordeiro, they helped me to become a professional fighter.

What is your favorite technique? My background is Muay Thai but I like Jiu Jitsu too. 

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It is a dream coming true. I had the opportunity to fight in PRIDE two times in the USA, and the American fans are incredible. The noise and excitement of the crowd is fantastic, and I'm sure that I have the opportunity of my life in the hands. UFC is the number one event around the world and I'm working hard for the belt, which is my main goal.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Yes, I went to college. Here in Brazil the names are a little different. I finished the second degree.

What was your job before you started fighting? I worked as a model here in Brazil, making some pictures, books and fashion parades for some brands. I enjoyed the experience, but to be honest I'm a fighter since I was 16.