Mauricio Rua
Shogun

Brazil

Gets new opponent for UFC Sao Paulo
Light HeavyweightUFC
October 29, 2019
Rua will now face Paul Craig in a light heavyweight bout in the co-main event at UFC Sao Paulo on Nov. 16, Nolan King of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Rua needed a new opponent after Sam Alvey was removed from the card for undisclosed reasons, but will now face Craig, who is coming off a win over Vinicius Moreira at UFC Mexico City in September. Craig carries a 12-4 record as a professional fighter, including a 4-4 UFC record, while Rua is coming off three consecutive losses as his record sits at 26-11 over his professional career. Craig carries a slight height advantage, while the two are even in reach.
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Opponent drops out of fight
Light HeavyweightUFC
October 24, 2019
Rua is in search of a new opponent for UFC Sao Paulo on Nov. 16 after Sam Alvey was removed from the card, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
Rua has lost three consecutive fights, so there's a good chance his new opponent will be favored in this bout. A replacement is expected to be named soon with the fight a little over three weeks away.
Added to Sao Paulo card
Light HeavyweightUFC
October 2, 2019
Rua will take on Sam Alvey in a light heavyweight matchup at UFC Sao Paulo on Nov. 16, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Rua stunned a rising prospect in Tyson Pedro with a third-round KO in his last trip to the cage, picking up his fourth victory in his last five chances. While a fight against Alvey won't do much for Shogun's spot in the rankings, it's a winnable matchup and he gets to fight in his home country of Brazil. Alvey has taken three consecutive defeats -- two by knockout -- so Shogun should be favored in this matchup. He also sports superior striking volume, striking defense and takedown average in comparison to Alvey.
Stuns Tyson Pedro with 3rd Round KO
Light HeavyweightUFC
December 1, 2018
Rua defeated Tyson Pedro via TKO (punches) at 0:43 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Adelaide, Australia.
ANALYSIS
2018 is nearly over, but Rua just pulled off one of the most incomprehensible victories of the year. Shogun ate at least a dozen shots in Round 1 that would have not only finished, but quite possible have decapitated any mere mortal. Not only did he survive, but he went on to dominate Round 2 on the mat before getting a bit lucky in Round 3 when Pedro suffered an apparent injury. Everyone is going to talk about the knockout, but this fight turned in the first frame when Shogun was able to survive Pedro's onslaught. It's rarely pretty and it will almost certainly be coming to an end in the near future, but Rua is somehow 4-1 in his last five fights dating back to August 2015 while picking up a Performance of the Night bonus for his recent effort. The 37-year-old isn't done quite yet.
Pitted against Tyson Pedro at UFC Adelaide
Light HeavyweightUFC
October 2, 2018
Rua will face Tyson Pedro in a light heavyweight bout at UFC Adelaide on Dec. 2.
ANALYSIS
Rua is looking to bounce back from a brutal KO (elbow) loss to Anthony Smith at UFC Fight Night 134 in July. The former lightweight champion was in the midst of a three-match winning streak prior to his loss to Smith. His opponent, Pedro, has lost two of his last three fights, though both losses -- Ovince Saint-Preux and Ilir Latifi -- have come against 205-pounders that have been in the title conversation. If Shogun, at 36 years old, wishes to begin a final title run before the conclusion of his career, it almost certainly must begin with a win here. His backers will hope the questionable chin he showed against Smith isn't a greater sign of things to come.
Suffers brutal defeat at Hamburg
Light HeavyweightUFC
July 22, 2018
Rua lost to Anthony Smith via KO (punches) at 1:29 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night 134 on Sunday in Hamburg, Germany.
ANALYSIS
Rua was initially scheduled to face Volkan Oezdemir in this contest, a fighter who seems like a much easier style matchup in retrospect. Rua tried to take the initiative by moving forward to begun the fight but it wasn't long before Smith had him shelled up and on the back foot. A flush elbow knocked out the former light heavyweight champion before he hit the ground. There were talks of Rua challenging for the title again if he beat Smith but the 36-year-old will need to go back to the drawing board instead after the devastating loss. Rua came into this fight riding a three-fight win streak, but while a lack of talent can make him look competitive at times, it seems apparent that his days as a top contender are over. He may not see himself as close to retirement but one has to wonder what's next for "Shogun," as it will likely be hard for him to reach beyond a certain point at this stage in his career.