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Murilo Rua

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.

Rua is planning to participate in the upcoming Dream.14 event [1]

Personal lifeEdit

Murilo and longtime girlfriend Ana married on October 8, 2004 in Curitiba, Brazil.[2] The couple two sons ,one who was born in August 2008 and one named Jose Lucas who was born March 15, 2010.[3] [4]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

  • Former EliteXC middleweight champion

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
United States flag Falaniko Vitale Shine Fights 3 02010-
May
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May 15, 2010
United States flag United States
Win 18-10-1 Netherlands flag Jason Jones TKO (Punches) Bitetti Combat MMA 5 02009-
December
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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December 12, 2009
2 3:20 Brazil flag São Paulo, Brazil Fought at 205 lbs
Win 17-10-1 United States flag Alex Stiebling KO (Head Kick and Punches) Bitetti Combat MMA 4 02009-
September
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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September 12, 2009
1 0:39 Brazil flag Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Fought at 205 lbs
Loss 16-10-1 Japan flag Riki Fukuda Decision (Unanimous) DREAM.8 Welter Weight Grand Prix 2009 First Round 02009-
April
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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April 5, 2009
2 5:00 Japan flag Nagoya, Japan
Loss 16-9-1 United States flag Benji Radach KO (Punches) EliteXC: Heat 02008-
Oct
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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October 4, 2008
2 2:31 United States flag Sunrise, Florida, United States
Win 16-8-1 Australia flag Tony Bonello KO (Punches) EliteXC: Return of the King 02008-
June
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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June 14, 2008
1 3:16 United States flag Hawaii, United States
Win 15-8-1 France flag Xavier Foupa-Pokam Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Cage Rage 24: Feel the Pain 02007-
December
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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December 1, 2007
2 3:47 United Kingdom flag UK
Loss 14-8-1 United States flag Robbie Lawler TKO (Strikes) EliteXC: Uprising 02007-
September
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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September 15, 2007
3 2:04 United States flag Hawaii, United States Lost Elite XC Middleweight Championship
Win 14-7-1 United States flag Joey Villasenor TKO (Strikes) Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Baroni 02007-
June
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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June 22, 2007
2 1:05 United States flag California, United States Became First Elite XC Middleweight Champion
Win 13-7-1 England flag Alex Reid TKO (Cut on the Shin) Cage Rage 21: Judgement Day 02007-
April
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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April 21, 2007
1 0:28 United Kingdom flag UK
Win 12-7-1 England flag Mark Weir Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) Cage Rage 18: Battleground 02006-
September
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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September 30, 2006
2 1:15 United Kingdom flag UK
Loss 11-7-1 Canada flag Denis Kang KO (Punches) PRIDE Bushido 11 02006-
June
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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June 4, 2006
1 0:15 Japan flag Saitama, Japan PRIDE 2006 WW GP Opening Round
Loss 11-6-1 Brazil flag Paulo Filho Decision (Unanimous) PRIDE Bushido 10 02006-
April
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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April 2, 2006
2 5:00 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Win 11-5-1 Russia flag Murad Chunkaiev Submission (Heel Hook) PRIDE 30: Fully Loaded 02005-
October
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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October 23, 2005
1 3:31 Japan flag Saitama, Japan Drops to 185 lbs
Loss 10-5-1 United States flag Quinton Jackson Decision (Split) PRIDE 29: Fists Of Fire 02005-
February
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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February 20, 2005
3 5:00 Japan flag Saitama, Japan
Loss 10-4-1 Russia flag Sergei Kharitonov KO (Punches) PRIDE Total Elimination 2004 02004-
April
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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April 25, 2004
1 4:14 Japan flag Saitama, Japan PRIDE 2004 HW GP Opening Round
Win 10-3-1 Japan flag Alexander Otsuka Submission (Side Choke) PRIDE 27: Inferno 02004-
February
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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February 1, 2004
1 1:25 Japan flag Osaka, Japan
Win 9-3-1 Japan flag Akira Shoji KO (Flying Knee) PRIDE Shockwave 2003 02003-
December
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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December 31, 2003
1 2:24 Japan flag Saitama, Japan
Loss 8-3-1 United States flag Kevin Randleman TKO (Cut) PRIDE 24 - Cold Fury 3 02002-
December
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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December 23, 2002
3 0:20 Japan flag Japan
Loss 8-2-1 Brazil flag Ricardo Arona Decision (Unanimous) PRIDE 23 - Championship Chaos 2 02002-
November
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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November 24, 2002
3 5:00 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Win 8-1-1 Brazil flag Mario Sperry Decision (Unanimous) PRIDE 20: Armed and Ready 02002-
April
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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April 28, 2002
3 5:00 Japan flag Yokohama, Japan
Win 7-1-1 United States flag Alex Andrade Decision (Unanimous) PRIDE 18 - Cold Fury 2 02001-
December
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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December 23, 2001
3 5:00 Japan flag Fukuoka, Japan
Loss 6-1-1 United States flag Dan Henderson Decision (Split) PRIDE 17 - Championship Chaos 02001-
November
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
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November 3, 2001
3 5:00 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Win 6-0-1 Japan flag Daijiro Matsui TKO (Strikes) PRIDE 16: Beasts From The East 02001-
September
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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September 24, 2001
3 0:51 Japan flag Osaka, Japan
Win 5-0-1 Brazil flag Rogerio Sagate Submission (Keylock) Meca World Vale Tudo 5 02001-
June
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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June 9, 2001
1 3:54 Brazil flag Curitiba, Brazil
zDraw 4-0-1 Japan flag Akihiro Gono Draw Shooto - To The Top 4 02001-
May
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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May 1, 2001
3 5:00 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Win 4-0 Brazil flag Leopoldo Serao TKO (Cut) Meca World Vale Tudo 4 02000-
December
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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December 16, 2000
1 7:00 Brazil flag Curitiba, Brazil
Win 3-0 Brazil flag Luiz Claudio das Dores Submission (Strikes) Meca World Vale Tudo 3 02000-
November
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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November 14, 2000
1 3:00 Brazil flag Curitiba, Brazil
Win 2-0 Brazil flag Israel Albuquerque Submission (Shoulder Injury) Meca World Vale Tudo 2 02000-
August
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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August 12, 2000
1 1:36 Brazil flag Curitiba, Brazil
Win 1-0 Brazil flag Adriano Verdelli Submission (Triangle Choke) Meca World Vale Tudo 1 02000-
May
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  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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May 27, 2000
1 3:08 Brazil flag Brazil

ReferencesEdit

External links Edit

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