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    Mauricio “Shogun” Rua: “I’m still the same fighter I was in the past” | Five Ounces of Pain

    Once known as the best fighter in the world at 205 pounds before a series of nasty injuries and surgeries that forced him to the sidelines, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is driven to show the world that he is same great fighter he was in the past.

    The 27 year old Brazilian will make his return to the octagon at UFC 93 on January 17th against another former champion that will be looking to return to his original form, Pride Grand Prix champion and UFC hall of famer, Mark “The Hammer” Coleman. The two modern day gladiators are far from strangers.

    Rua was at the peak of his young career when the two faced off previously in Japan back in February of 2006. He was riding an eight fight win streak that included a PRIDE Grand Prix Tournament championship and a first round battering of former UFC light heavyweight champion, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

    The pairs previous bout ended abruptly only 49 seconds into the match when Rua suffered a nasty injury attempting to defend a Coleman takedown. Twisting around while trying to free himself from the double leg takedown attempt, Rua fell face first toward the canvas. When he tried to brace himself by posting his arm out, his elbow was violently dislocated which caused his arm to bend backwards.

    A wild scene followed as Rua’s brother, Murilo “Ninja” Rua, rushed to his brothers aide and Coleman was apparently confused as to why the bout had been stopped. Ninja jumped up in the defense of his brother when it appeared as if Coleman was aggressively advancing towards the injured fighter. A small melee erupted involving both corners which included Phil Baroni who was in Coleman’s corner and Wanderlei Silva who had been watching at ringside.

    After repeatedly asking his manager for a rematch with Coleman, Rua will finally have an opportunity to give this fight a proper ending and re establish himself amongst the best in the game all on the same night.

    While many seem to see this fight as a classic grudge match, Rua told FiveOuncesOfPain.com in an exclusive interview done in the days leading up to his fight with Coleman that he doesn’t see it that way.

    “I wouldn’t call it bad blood,” explained Rua. “I spoke with Coleman after our first fight and we got somewhat into terms.”

    “However, as a fighter I want to prove that our first fight was an accident and I didn’t like the way he celebrated it like if it was a totally legit win.”

    Rua has the utmost respect for Coleman and all of his accomplishments in the sport of mixed martial arts. A healthy dose of respect and a thorough understanding of the Coleman’s decisive advantage in the octagon. An advantage that he does not feel will be enough.

    “I think he is a great fighter, a legend,” said Rua. “He is a great wrestler but I think I’m better at jiu-jitsu and striking. Plus, I have better cardio. I think it’s a good match up for me in theory.”

    Rua has had plenty of time to heal up from an extensive knee surgery that was performed following his loss to Forrest Griffin in his UFC debut. The injury had been plaguing Rua long before his bout with Griffin and the loss left him without any alternative than to take care of the problem, the right way.

    “My injuries are healed so I’m feeling in great shape,” exclaimed Rua. “I feel great. I’m well-trained, in good shape and have little weight to cut for the fight.”

    “I’m feeling fast, my cardio is good and I have been working a lot on my power.”

    Both Shogun and his brother Ninja left the Academy that they had been training with since the beginning of their careers in Curitiba, Brazil back in January of 2008 to from their own gym called Universidade da Luta which translates to University of Fighting. The new camp is coming together nicely and has been absolutely instrumental in helping the electrifying fighter make his return to action.

    “I have been training a lot at my new team, UDL, and our preparation has been very intense,” said Rua. “My BJJ coach is Cristiano Carioca, a guy from Manaus, up in the north of Brazil. He has formed several BJJ world champions at many belts, including black.”

    “I have been training Muay Thai with Fernando “Fefe” Falkenbac, who brought his whole stable of fighters from Thai Brasil, his own Muay Thai academy, to be my sparring partners. He studies the game a lot and travels to Thailand every now and then.”

    “It was really good to get back to my Muay Thai roots.”

    Curitiba,Brazil has long been a hot bed for up and coming talent in the world of mixed martial arts, with elite fighters like Anderson and Wanderlei Silva calling the town home at some point. The abundace of talent confined to the small area has helped Rua in countless ways, with plenty of experienced training partners to spar with at any time at the top of that list.

    “We have my Boxing coach, Danilo Dourado, and everyone works together co-ordinating the MMA training with the help of many sparring partners,” said Rua. “I had a lot of training partners for this one like like my brother Murilo Ninja Rua, my youngest, but bigger brother, Marcos Rua, Joao Paulo Tuba, Saulo, Nino Schembri, BJJ world champ Fernando Vieira, Imerson, Simpson, Pimpolho and many other guys that come in from time to time to help out.”

    Al of the time to heal properly and long sparring sessions with all of his men at UDL has left Rua overflowing with confidence going into one of the most pivotal bouts in his career.

    “You never really know what can happen in a fight and I respect Coleman but obviously I have to be confident,” explained Rua. “I see the fight ending with a submission from the bottom, or a knockout standing up.”

    “I’m focusing on defeating Coleman and winning the fight. Every time I fight I try to do have exciting fight and this time isn’t going to be any different. There are things that are consequence of our work and if I have a good fight, naturally people are gonna like it. The main thing in my mind is to win and show my true potential.”

    Rua would be lying if he didn’t say that his ultimate goal with the UFC is to become the light heavyweight champion at some point but he is smart enough to know that you have to take things one step at a time in this business.

    “I think the goal of every fighter is to become champion,” said Rua. “To be the best at what you do and to be the best right now, you have to be the UFC champion. The UFC is running great shows and to become the champion would be a great feeling but I have to take things step by step and right now all I’m thinking about is Mark Coleman.”

    Rua is eager to show all of the people that have stuck with him throughout the ups and downs of his career that they can expect the old Shogun to show up on January 17th. He promises that his performance against Coleman in Dublin, Ireland will be a sign of what is to come from the extremely talented and well rounded fighter in the future.

    “I treasure my fans,” explained Rua. “Every time I fight I try to give my best and make an exciting fight for all of them. They can be sure that there will be many more exciting fights from me in the future and that I will be training hard to show that I’m still the same fighter I was in the past. I’m always trying to improve.”

    “I would like to thank all my fans for their support in this difficult time of injuries, it feels great to be back. I also want to thank Bad Boy, for their support sponsoring me trough my hard times, and my other sponsors like Midway Supplements and Red Dragon Fight Club. I can’t forget to thank my new team, UDL, and all the trainers, Danilo Dourado, Fernando Falkenback, Cristiano Carioca, who have been training me hard believing in my comeback, as well as my sparring partners who have worked hard for this fight with me.”

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    I hope he comes back better than ever..This is the guy I want holding the belt
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    I can't wait to see him come back with a 100% showing. Maybe this will be get some redemption for the Forrest fight.
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    I hope he is the same fighter, because after he beats Coleman (without a doubt), he will be thrown to the lions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BUKKAKALYPSE View Post
    I hope he comes back better than ever..This is the guy I want holding the belt
    Same here. He's a very impressive fighter.

    Quote Originally Posted by TN94z View Post
    I can't wait to see him come back with a 100% showing. Maybe this will be get some redemption for the Forrest fight.
    I don't care what anyone says, Shogun was not 100% for that fight. Him being gassed at the end of the 3rd and his knee surgery 2 weeks later shows that he was injured. He'll never admit it because he's too humble. Another reason to love this guy.

    Quote Originally Posted by zana1126 View Post
    I hope he is the same fighter, because after he beats Coleman (without a doubt), he will be thrown to the lions.
    Your damn right!!! Chuck Liddell might be his next opponent!!! WTF?!?!

    I dont care though. Whatever gets him closer to the belt.

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    You ever notice that when a fighter makes a statement like "I'm still the same fighter" or "I'm gonna come back stronger than ever" or "I've been working hard in the gym, and I'm gonna surprise everyone in my next fight!" it rarely works out that way? This seems especially true when that fighter has come to the UFC from Pride. Dont get me wrong, I loved Pride, but the transition does seem to be a difficult one.

    I hope Shogun makes me eat my words. He was always one of the most exciting fighters to watch. But historically, when fighters make this kind of statement, it doesnt turn out well for them.

    On a completely unrelated note, with Anderson, Wanderlei, Shogun, and Ninja all residing in Curitiba Brazil at one point, note to self: NEVER go looking for a fight in Curitiba.
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    i have a feeling shogun is really going to struggle to become the dominant fighter he was in pride. i just see a lot of bad matchups for him in the UFC.

    a lot of good wrestlers who he cant take down and some of them are better then him on the feet as well IMO. i think he will struggle against the guys who arnt wrestlers as well, shogun aint a great wrestler so if he fights someone with better standup then him he could be in trouble there too.

    i think his wild kicking punching style isnt going to work in the UFC. i think hes gonna have trouble taking people down and theirs a lot of people with better hands then him, as long as they can avoid the clinch i can see shogun really having a hard time.

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    I just hope he doesnt get injured again...i dont necessarily mean this fight but in the next few years. That will just suck..

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    Quote Originally Posted by leedogg900 View Post
    i have a feeling shogun is really going to struggle to become the dominant fighter he was in pride. i just see a lot of bad matchups for him in the UFC.

    a lot of good wrestlers who he cant take down and some of them are better then him on the feet as well IMO. i think he will struggle against the guys who arnt wrestlers as well, shogun aint a great wrestler so if he fights someone with better standup then him he could be in trouble there too.

    i think his wild kicking punching style isnt going to work in the UFC. i think hes gonna have trouble taking people down and theirs a lot of people with better hands then him, as long as they can avoid the clinch i can see shogun really having a hard time.
    If you remember in the glory days of Pride, Pride had a majority of the Top Ranked LHW fighters. Jackson, Wandy, Hendo, Shogun, Arona, lil Nog, Belfort.

    He fought a good wrestler in Randleman and got that knee bar that i'll never forget.

    Sorry bro but I can't agree with you on this. Shogun got to the top for good reason and I think he proved it.

    This will be a great test for Shogun but I think he will prevail victorious. The road to the LHW championship starts with Coleman.

    War RUA!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by leedogg900 View Post
    i have a feeling shogun is really going to struggle to become the dominant fighter he was in pride. i just see a lot of bad matchups for him in the UFC.

    a lot of good wrestlers who he cant take down and some of them are better then him on the feet as well IMO. i think he will struggle against the guys who arnt wrestlers as well, shogun aint a great wrestler so if he fights someone with better standup then him he could be in trouble there too.

    i think his wild kicking punching style isnt going to work in the UFC. i think hes gonna have trouble taking people down and theirs a lot of people with better hands then him, as long as they can avoid the clinch i can see shogun really having a hard time.
    Do you really think Rua has a WILD kicking punching style? Maybe Wandy has it, but Rua is one of the most accurate strikers in the bussiness.

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