Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua

Mauricio "Shogun" Rua is the former UFC light-heavyweight champion. He is the winner of the Pride 2005 Middleweight (205 lbs) Grand Prix, defeating Quinton Jackson, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Alistair Overeem and Ricardo Arona.

Losing the TitleEdit

Rua, after defeating Machida for the 'first' time, was set to fight Rashad Evans after he returned from another catastrophic knee surgery.

A month before the fight was set to occur, Evans suffered an injury and that same night after his team-mate Jon Jones defeated Ryan Bader, Jones was offered the chance to replace Evans against Rua and he accepted. Jones dominated Rua for nearly fifteen minutes before finishing him with a brutal sequence of punishment.

After The TitleEdit

He next fought a rematch against former light-heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin. He defeated the understandably lackluster Griffin -- whose wife was in labor at home -- via first-round knockout. Rua's hammerfists on Forrest KOed him twice and fractured his jaw.

Mauricio next welcomed former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion and legend Dan Henderson back to the UFC in a very high-profile five-round non-title bout. Henderson and Rua both emerged from the fight with visible facial damage after a twenty-five minute war. Henderson took home the controversial unanimous decision victory despite many analysts scoring the fight as a draw.

Everyone could agree on at least one thing: Rua's fight against Henderson was one of the best in MMA history and it was certainly Fight of the Year for 2011.

Rua was next rumored to fight a rematch against Quinton Jackson. Instead, after months of uncertainy, Rua signed to face Thiago Silva in a crossroads fight for both men. The fight didn't materialize. Rua instead next signed to face Brandon Vera, defeating Vera via fourth round technical knockout after a great contest.

Rua next signed to face prospect Alexander Gustaffson live on Fox again in December 2012. Gustafsson defeated Rua via unanimous decision.

Rua was next called out by Ryan Bader in February 2013 and rumored in the same month to be fighting a rematch against Pride veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. The rumors were soon confirmed. Unfortunately just weeks before the bout was set to take place Nogueira suffered a back injury and was forced to pull out. Consummate multi-divisional title challenger Chael Sonnen offered to step in to face Rua.

The fight was set and Sonnen dominated Rua on the ground before defeating him via a shocking first round guillotine choke submission.

Rua quickly signed to fight Australian striker James Te-Huna in Australia. Rua knocked out Te-Huna very quickly in the first round.

Rua next signed for a rematch against Dan Henderson. Henderson scored a comeback knock out against a resurgent Rua in the third round breaking Rua's nose in grisly fashion in the process. The fight was Rua's first true knockout loss.

Rua took some time off the sport to recover and was robbed at shotgun point in Brazil in the meantime among other misfortunes. He again considered dropping to middleweight as he had before and after the Sonnen loss.

Rua was rumored in June 2014 to be considering fighting KSW veteran and UFC newcomer Jan Blachowicz in the UFC's return to Japan.

Instead Rua next signed in September 2014 to fight British striker Jimi Manuwa in Brazil. Manuwa was unfortunately injured and replaced by Ovince St. Preux on very short notice. St. Preux ended up scoring a stunning thirty-four second upset knockout over Rua leading to calls for Rua to retire or - at the very least - to drop down a weight class to middleweight.

After taking some time off Rua instead next fought a rematch against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira winning a slightly controversial unanimous decision.

He next agreed to a rematch with Quinton Jackson.