Shogun Rua: MMA fighter with a Muay Thai background
Mauricio Shogun Rua is a type of fighter that possesses extraordinary stamina and brutal strength.
He fights for UFC in a light heavyweight division which is a highly competitive weight class with a lot of great fighters and potential champion materials.
He is one of those competitors that want to knock out the opponent and not just win on points.
His fights are a pure pleasure to watch - whether he wins or loose.
He combines explosive boxing with Muay Thai techniques and goes for the kill.
He is not the type of guy that calculates every single move but rather he likes to unleash hell inside the octagon.
Domination in the ring is his favorite recipe for winning - given a chance he shows no mercy for his opponents.
Enough to say is that one of his trademark moves is a football kick to the face which he applies with a devastating efficiency.
He is also not shy of stomping on his opponents or feeding them a hammer fist or a smashing elbow from a dominant position.
Mauricio Rua: domination in the ring is his favorite recipe for winning - he shows no mercy for his opponents
One of Shogun's most spectacular fights was the first fight against Dan 'Hendo' Henderson back in 2011.
Both fighters were vicious: Dan had an advantage during the first two rounds, then Mauricio rebound and won the next 2 rounds just to be defeated on points in round 5.
That was a great battle, one of the best - if not the best - in the history of the UFC.
Just watch a full fight when you've got a chance - trust me on this.
In his career, he fought with world-class fighters like Alistair Overeem, Forrest Griffin, Lyoto Machida, and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. He holds a significant record of winning over 90% of his bouts with KO or TKO which says a lot about his fighting style.
He received a lot of criticism over the past few years because of his uneven performance. He may be not as solid as Dan Henderson, but to be honest, only a few fighters are. Only match with Hendo when it comes to consistency - the guy is 45 years old and still kicking.
But, back to Shogun: it is going to be difficult for him to win a light heavyweight belt with American fighters dominating in the octagon these days, but I'm looking forward to his next fight.
Winning or losing he is as always a spectacular warrior to watch.
Shogun Rua MMA stats (official UFC stats):
24 wins: 19 wins by KO or TKO and only 4 by decisions
These stats say a lot about him. He is definitely an aggressive fighter. Whether he wins or loose he always gives a show.
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