Mauricio Rua
Shogun

Brazil

Drops rematch to Paul Craig
Light HeavyweightUFC
November 21, 2020
Rua lost to Paul Craig via TKO (punches) at 3:36 of Round 2 at UFC 255 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was an uninspiring performance by Shogun and one in which he looked considerably worse than the first fight between these two some 53 weeks ago. Hopelessly outclassed on the mat and ineffective on the feet, Rua found himself on the defensive constantly. Shogun -- who turns 39 is four days -- is simply too slow to properly defend himself in the later stages of 2020. The fact he was battered by a submission specialist in Craig tells you all you need to know. ESPN's Ariel Helwani reported earlier Saturday that Shogun has two additional fights on his UFC contract following this one. The company needs to be exceedingly careful regarding who they match him up against in they plan on running the Brazilian out there a couple more times. His 10 losses with the company are the most in UFC light heavyweight history.
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Fighting Paul Craig in November
Light HeavyweightUFC
August 18, 2020
Rua will take on Paul Craig in a light heavyweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for November 21, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
The two will finally settle the score from what was a lackluster draw the first time they faced off back in November of 2019. Rua was credited with just 25 significant strikes in that bout, far less than his career mark of 3.63 significant strikes per minute. He did grapple to some success, however, scoring a takedown in Round 2 and getting credited with one advance. Since then, Rua has earned a victory over Rogerio Nogueira -- a 44-year-old competing in the UFC for the final time. Rua was a (-265) betting favorite for their first matchup, but he can likely be had at a cheaper price when the two meet in the rematch.
Sweeps trilogy from Nog
Light HeavyweightUFC
July 25, 2020
Rua defeated Antonio Rogerio Nogueira via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
This gives Rua the sweep of the trilogy between these two men, though he had to work for it. Although it was known Nog was retiring following the fight, he kept it competitive for the entirety of the bout. Shogun started slowly before he was eventually able to wear Nog out a bit. Shogun won the total strike battle by a count of 78-75, in addition to landing the only two successful takedowns of the fight. It was a close one, as the numbers suggest. Shogun has been in pretty significant decline for years but is somehow 5-1-1 in his past seven fights dating back to August 2015. There's an extreme chance the next seven fights don't go as well as the prior seven, but Shogun has found a way to emerge victorious more often than not despite a drop-off in physical ability.
Fight against Nogueira rescheduled
Light HeavyweightUFC
June 4, 2020
Rua will fight Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in a light heavyweight match at the UFC's July 25 event, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Rua and Nogueira will conclude their trilogy on July 25, with Rua having claimed both earlier victories via unanimous decision in 2005 and 2015, respectively. Shogun will now look to log a third consecutive victory against his 44-year-old opponent.
Scratched from UFC 250
Light HeavyweightUFC
April 9, 2020
Rua has been scratched from UFC 250 due to visa issues following the location switch, Gilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com rpeorts.
ANALYSIS
Rua is one of seven Brazilian fighters facing the same fate following the fight's move out of Sao Paulo due to concerns surrounding COVID-19. The third installment of the bout will likely be postponed to a future card, though it's unclear when the UFC has plans to return a pay-per-view event back to Brazilian soil.
Added to UFC Sao Paulo card
Light HeavyweightUFC
February 20, 2020
Shogun will fight Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC Sao Paulo on May 9, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Shogun and Nogueira have previously collided twice in their respective careers, with Rua having come away the victor during their last match at UFC 190 in 2015. Though the 38-year-old former champion no longer boasts the skills he did in his prime, this appears to be a winnable fight for Shogun, and he'll actually have the benefit of youth on his side against the 43-year-old Nogueira.