Murilo Rua (Template:IPA-pt; born May 22, 1980) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who fought in EliteXC. He is the older brother of Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. He is known for his well-rounded fighting skills, in particular Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Rua is a veteran of PRIDE Fighting Championships, where he once enjoyed a reputation as one of the strongest middleweights in the world. Rua fights at 185 pounds, but has also fought at 205 pounds and heavyweight. He is the former and first ever Elite XC middleweight champion.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Rua started his career at Chute Boxe Academy in Curitiba, Brazil, a Muay Thai training group which has produced champions like Wanderlei Silva. Ninja's first foray into MMA was with Brazilian based Meca World Vale Tudo, there he amassed an impressive 5-0-1 record before signing with Pride Fighting Championships.
Ninja made his PRIDE debut against Daijiro Matsui in September 2001, which he won via referee stoppage after repeated kicks and stomps. After losing a close decision to Dan Henderson, Rua went on to defeat such fighters as Alex Andrade, Akira Shoji, Alexander Otsuka and Mario Sperry. The latter being the beginnings of the long lasting rivalry between Chute Boxe and Brazilian Top Team. Rua lost to Ricardo Arona in a close battle of attrition, and Sergei Kharitonov in the PRIDE Total Elimination 2004, where he fought as a heavyweight.
At PRIDE 29 Fists of Fire he faced Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. Jackson won via a split decision that did not seem to reflect the events of the match. Jackson appeared embarrassed with the result and attempted to offer the winner's trophy to Rua following the decision. Commentators such as Mauro Ranallo and Bas Rutten, who were present at the bout, also have stated that they thought Rua had won the fight.
Rua fought three more times in PRIDE, defeating newcomer Murad Chunkaiev before dropping a lacklustre decision against top ranked Paulo Filho, nevertheless, he was selected as part of the PRIDE welterweight (185 pound) Grand Prix. In the opening bracket however he was knocked out by Denis Kang. Murilo then left PRIDE for a tenure with British MMA promotion Cage Rage in order to strengthen the tie between the two promotions. His first bout, against English UFC veteran Mark Weir, resulted in a victory by submission after a rough and tumble affair. He also defeated Alex Reid via doctor stoppage before the newly created EliteXC organisation purchased Cage Rage, therefore he fought for the vacant Elite XC middleweight at the StrikeForce-EliteXC - Shamrock vs. Baroni event against Greg Jackson trained Joey Villasenor and recorded a second round TKO, stopping him with strikes. After three months as the champion his first title defense came to ICON sport middleweight champion Robbie Lawler, despite narrowly winning the first two rounds, an exhausted Ninja was defeated via a third round TKO at EliteXC: Uprising. He rebounded with a victory over Muay Thai fighter and Cage Rage contender Xavier Foupa-Pokam at Cage Rage 24: Feel the pain.
On December 18, 2007, Sherdog.com reported that both Murilo and his brother Mauricio Rua have left the Chute Boxe camp with plans to open up their own facility in Massachusetts. The Ruas' new camp was named Universidade da luta which translates to "University of Fighting" and instead was opened in the Ruas' hometown of Curitiba, Brazil.
Murilo was initially scheduled to fight Phil Baroni on the May 31st EliteXC card, however, he suffered a minor foot injury which led him to fight on the June 14th card instead. Where he recorded a dominant KO victory over undefeated Tony Bonello. On October 4, 2008, Murilo was defeated by Benji Radach on a live CBS broadcast. Radach finished the fight with punches to Murilo's head after a failed flying knee sent him sprawling on his back.
Rua made his Dream debut at Dream 8 against Riki Fukuda on April 5, 2009. His original opponent was supposed to be Dong Sik Yoon but Dong was injured and Riki was found as a late replacement. Murilo went on to lose against Riki by unanimous decision. After winning his latest bout at Bitetti Combat MMA 4 in the Light Heavyweight division, Rua hinted that he will continue fighting at 205 lbs.
Rua will fight Falaniko Vitale at Shine Fights 3 on May 15, 2010.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial artsEdit
- Former EliteXC middleweight champion
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|31||18 wins||10 losses|
|Falaniko Vitale||Shine Fights 3||May 15, 2010||United States|
|Win||18-10-1||Jason Jones||TKO (Punches)||Bitetti Combat MMA 5||December 12, 2009||2||3:20||São Paulo, Brazil||Fought at 205 lbs|
|Win||17-10-1||Alex Stiebling||KO (Head Kick and Punches)||Bitetti Combat MMA 4||September 12, 2009||1||0:39||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Fought at 205 lbs|
|Loss||16-10-1||Riki Fukuda||Decision (Unanimous)||DREAM.8 Welter Weight Grand Prix 2009 First Round||April 5, 2009||2||5:00||Nagoya, Japan|
|Loss||16-9-1||Benji Radach||KO (Punches)||EliteXC: Heat||October 4, 2008||2||2:31||Sunrise, Florida, United States|
|Win||16-8-1||Tony Bonello||KO (Punches)||EliteXC: Return of the King||June 14, 2008||1||3:16||Hawaii, United States|
|Win||15-8-1||Xavier Foupa-Pokam||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||Cage Rage 24: Feel the Pain||December 1, 2007||2||3:47||UK|
|Loss||14-8-1||Robbie Lawler||TKO (Strikes)||EliteXC: Uprising||September 15, 2007||3||2:04||Hawaii, United States||Lost Elite XC Middleweight Championship|
|Win||14-7-1||Joey Villasenor||TKO (Strikes)||Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Baroni||June 22, 2007||2||1:05||California, United States||Became First Elite XC Middleweight Champion|
|Win||13-7-1||Alex Reid||TKO (Cut on the Shin)||Cage Rage 21: Judgement Day||April 21, 2007||1||0:28||UK|
|Win||12-7-1||Mark Weir||Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke)||Cage Rage 18: Battleground||September 30, 2006||2||1:15||UK|
|Loss||11-7-1||Denis Kang||KO (Punches)||PRIDE Bushido 11||June 4, 2006||1||0:15||Saitama, Japan||PRIDE 2006 WW GP Opening Round|
|Loss||11-6-1||Paulo Filho||Decision (Unanimous)||PRIDE Bushido 10||April 2, 2006||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||11-5-1||Murad Chunkaiev||Submission (Heel Hook)||PRIDE 30: Fully Loaded||October 23, 2005||1||3:31||Saitama, Japan||Drops to 185 lbs|
|Loss||10-5-1||Quinton Jackson||Decision (Split)||PRIDE 29: Fists Of Fire||February 20, 2005||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||10-4-1||Sergei Kharitonov||KO (Punches)||PRIDE Total Elimination 2004||April 25, 2004||1||4:14||Saitama, Japan||PRIDE 2004 HW GP Opening Round|
|Win||10-3-1||Alexander Otsuka||Submission (Side Choke)||PRIDE 27: Inferno||February 1, 2004||1||1:25||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||9-3-1||Akira Shoji||KO (Flying Knee)||PRIDE Shockwave 2003||December 31, 2003||1||2:24||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||8-3-1||Kevin Randleman||TKO (Cut)||PRIDE 24 - Cold Fury 3||December 23, 2002||3||0:20||Japan|
|Loss||8-2-1||Ricardo Arona||Decision (Unanimous)||PRIDE 23 - Championship Chaos 2||November 24, 2002||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||8-1-1||Mario Sperry||Decision (Unanimous)||PRIDE 20: Armed and Ready||April 28, 2002||3||5:00||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||7-1-1||Alex Andrade||Decision (Unanimous)||PRIDE 18 - Cold Fury 2||December 23, 2001||3||5:00||Fukuoka, Japan|
|Loss||6-1-1||Dan Henderson||Decision (Split)||PRIDE 17 - Championship Chaos||November 3, 2001||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||6-0-1||Daijiro Matsui||TKO (Strikes)||PRIDE 16: Beasts From The East||September 24, 2001||3||0:51||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||5-0-1||Rogerio Sagate||Submission (Keylock)||Meca World Vale Tudo 5||June 9, 2001||1||3:54||Curitiba, Brazil|
|Draw||4-0-1||Akihiro Gono||Draw||Shooto - To The Top 4||May 1, 2001||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||4-0||Leopoldo Serao||TKO (Cut)||Meca World Vale Tudo 4||December 16, 2000||1||7:00||Curitiba, Brazil|
|Win||3-0||Luiz Claudio das Dores||Submission (Strikes)||Meca World Vale Tudo 3||November 14, 2000||1||3:00||Curitiba, Brazil|
|Win||2-0||Israel Albuquerque||Submission (Shoulder Injury)||Meca World Vale Tudo 2||August 12, 2000||1||1:36||Curitiba, Brazil|
|Win||1-0||Adriano Verdelli||Submission (Triangle Choke)||Meca World Vale Tudo 1||May 27, 2000||1||3:08||Brazil|
- ↑ http://brokeyou.com/mma_news/333/Murilo_Ninja_Rua_vs_Falaniko_Vitale_at_Shine_Fights_III.html
- ↑ Chute Boxe star and Pride veteran Murilo "Ninja" Rua finally got married to his long time girlfriend Ana Paula Sanson on October 8th in the city of Curitiba, Brazil.
- ↑ Murilo ‘Ninja’ father again, back at Dream 14. Tatame.com (2009-0-27). Retrieved on 2009-03-19.
- ↑ Murilo ‘Ninja’ father again, back at Dream 14. Tatame.com (2010-03/17). Retrieved on 2010-03-19.