Former UFC and PRIDE leader Maurício ‘Shogun’ Rua retires at UFC 283 after illustrious career

Former UFC and PRIDE leader Maurício ‘Shogun’ Rua retires at UFC 283 after illustrious career

UFC 283 was the site where 41-year-old Maurício “Shogun” Rua retired from the sport of MMA after competing professionally for nearly two decades.

Shogun’s swan song was against Ihor Potieria, and it ended with Ihor producing a first round TKO. Rua was competitive early on, but once Potieria stopped him, he was never allowed to recover. Potieria ended up dropping Shogun, and then finished with a ground and pound.

Retiring from the competition with an impressive overall record of 27-14-1, Shogun will forever be remembered for his amazing heart, his textbook Chute Box Academy Muay Thai, and some of the most iconic moments in mixed martial arts. production. history.

Among his greatest honors is winning the 2005 PRIDE FC Grand Prix Middleweight Championship by not only defeating, but knocking out the likes of Ricardo Arona. and Alistair Overeem in the same night! Then after the UFC acquired PRIDE FC and took out Shogun in the deal, Rua captured another world title in the light heavyweight division by knocking out Lyoto Machida in the first round. He lost his belt in his next match to none other than the 205-pound GOAT Jon Jones.

Go see for yourself on the Shogun highlight reel right this second one, because the hyper-aggressive guy would get his hay day. Known in Japan for his brutal soccer kicks and stomping face, he even KO’d Quinton “Rampage” Jackson with a winning soccer kick. When Maurício won, it was usually in a spectacular way.

There are so many world champions on Shogun’s list of knockout victims. You have Overeem twice, the aforementioned Machida, Rampage, and the ADCC champion Arona. Then there’s Chuck Liddell, Forrest Griffin, Mark Coleman, and Kevin Randleman. Speaking of his match with Randleman, Shogun’s only submission in his 20-year career was when he hit that crazy kneebar on Kevin at Pride 32: The Real Deal in 2006.

Rua’s wins were certainly a joy to watch, but many of his losses are also memorable. Who could forget when he broke his arm at PRIDE 31 against Mark “The Hammer” Coleman at PRIDE 31, by posting an arm to stop him from falling and giving out his elbows. By now, I think everyone has seen that clip where Ovince hit St. Preux Rua out after slipping on that skateboard in their first fight. No, it wasn’t a real skateboard, but the GIF says otherwise.

Oh, and what Shogun retirement piece would be complete without mentioning his wild and epic wars with Dan Henderson. Those two matches with Hendo, especially the second installment, are some of the greatest fights you’ll ever see – and that’s no exaggeration. We’re talking top-2, top-3 all-time finishes. During the 2020 pandemic, Bloody Elbow held a 32-fight contest over a few weeks where fans would vote on the greatest fight of all time… and Shogun/Hendo 2 came in second!

Trash talking wasn’t something Red had ever done, but he didn’t have to. His violent performances inside the cage and ring spoke volumes, making him a respected figure outside of the competition.

The end of an era is here, but Maurício Shogun Rua has been cemented as MMA royalty, leaving a ruthless sport with his character still intact. On behalf of all MMA fans, thank you Shogun!


About the Author: Eddie Mercado has covered combat sports since 2015. He covers everything from betting odds to live events and fighter interviews. He has a 1-0 record in pro MMA and holds a purple belt in Jiu-Jitsu. (full biography)

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