Mauricio Rua also known as "Shogun" Rua was born November 25, 1981 in Curitiba, Brazil. As a mixed martial arts fighter he holds numerous wins; some of the most notable including victories over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Alistair Overeem, Ricardo Arona and Quinton Jackson. Rua is most well known for his Muay Thai ability.
Hailing from the well known Chute Boxe Academy; which is a Muay Thai training group, Rua obtained his Muay Thai black belt in December, 2004. Rua has become well known for having mastered both a well developed round game as well as striking skills. He also holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Rua's older brother, Murilo "Ninja" Rua, is also a Chute Boxe member and the two are quite close. The brothers' family still lives in Curitiba where their father is a successful business and their mother is a marathon runner. Their younger brother, Marco "Shaolin" Rua is also a mixed martial artist who trains at Chute Boxe as well.
Initially, Mauricio began training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu when he was quite young. He proved to be quite successful in championships at both the blue and purple belt levels. Following in his older brother's footsteps he began training in Muay Thai at the Chute Boxe Academy.
Mauricio's career began at the Meca World Vale Tudo in Brazil. During his debut event he fought Rafael Capoeira and managed to knock him out with a kick to the head during the first round. He then went on to beat his teammate Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos during the Meca World Vale Tudo 9. Since that time he has continued to achieve success.
Andrei Arlovski - "The Pitbull"
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira - "Minotauro"
Brad Blackburn - Bad
Chris Lytle - Lights Out
Dan Christison - The Sandman
David Tank Abbott
Don Frye - The Predator
Ed Herman - Short Fuse
Eric Esch - Butterbean
Ernesto Hoost - Mr. Perfect
Gabriel Gonzaga - "Napao"
George St. Pierre - "Rush"
Gilbert Yvel - The Hurricane
Heath Herring - The Texas Crazy Horse
Ian Freeman - The Machine
Igor Vovchanchyn - Ice Cold
Jason MacDonald - The Athlete
Jason Von Flue - Live Wire
Jeff Joslin - The Inferno
Jeremy Horn - Gumby
Joachim Hansen - Hell Boy
Josh Barnett - "The Babyface Assassin"
Josh Burkman - "The People's Warrior"
Keith Jardine - The Dean of Mean
Kenny Florian - KenFlo
Marcus Aurelio - Maximus
Mark Coleman - The Hammer
Mark Weir - The Wizard
Marvin Eastman - The Beastman
Matt Hamill - The Hammer
Mauricio Rua - "Shogun"
Mike Swick - "Quick"
Mirko Filipovic - "Cro Cop"
Nick Diaz - "Diablo"
Patrick Cote - The Predator
Paul Buentello - The Headhunter
Peter Aerts - The Dutch Lumberjack
Phil Baroni - The New York Bad Ass
Quinton Jackson - "Rampage"
Randy Couture - "The Natural"
Rashad Evans - "Sugar"
Richard Clementi - No Love
Roman Zentsov - The Russian Hammer
Sam Hoger - The Alaskan Assassin
Sean Sherk - "The Muscle Shark"
Shonie Carter - Mr. International
Spencer Fisher - The King
Tim Sylvia - "The Maine-iac"
Travis Lutter - The Serial Killer
Urijah Faber - California Kid