22 Facts About Mauricio Rua

1. Mauricio Rua was born on 25 November 1981 and raised in Curitiba, Brazil and is of Italian, and Portuguese descent.

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2. Mauricio Rua began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the age of six and Muay Thai at the age of seven.

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3. Mauricio Rua started his professional career at vale tudo events in Brazil, achieving three stoppages due to strikes, including a win over future Chute Boxe Academy teammate Evangelista Santos.

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4. Mauricio Rua won his first bout against Erik Wanderlei due to punches, and in the second bout got the first submission loss of his career against Renato Sobral with a guillotine in the third round.

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5. Mauricio Rua made his PRIDE debut at the inaugural PRIDE Bushido 1, a side promotion for lighter fighters.

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6. Mauricio Rua graduated to his debut in a main PRIDE event at PRIDE 29, where he faced former professional wrestler Hiromitsu Kanehara, a Japanese fighter known for his toughness.

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7. Mauricio Rua entered the PRIDE 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix tournament as an underdog.

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8. On 28 August 2005, Mauricio Rua participated in PRIDE Final Conflict 2005, in which the last two bouts of the tournament were held on the same night.

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9. Mauricio Rua succumbed to a rear-naked choke in the final seconds of the third round.

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10. Mauricio Rua was granted a rematch with Mark Coleman at UFC 93 in Dublin.

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11. In spite of the award, Mauricio Rua drew criticism from fans for his lackluster performance against Coleman, who was 44 years old at the time and had not competed in over two years.

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12. Mauricio Rua was awarded the UFC Light heavyweight Championship, becoming just the second fighter to have won PRIDE and UFC titles.

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13. Mauricio Rua faced Dan Henderson on 19 November 2011 at UFC 139, losing via unanimous decision.

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14. Mauricio Rua was expected to face Thiago Silva on 21 July 2012, at UFC 149.

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15. Mauricio Rua faced Brandon Vera on 4 August 2012, at UFC on Fox: Shogun vs Vera.

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16. Mauricio Rua faced Alexander Gustafsson on 8 December 2012, at UFC on Fox 5.

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17. Perennial multi-divisional contender Chael Sonnen was briefly linked as a replacement for Nogueira but eventually Mauricio Rua was pulled from the event altogether.

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18. On 17 August 2013, at UFC Fight Night 26, Mauricio Rua faced Chael Sonnen in the main event.

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19. Mauricio Rua sustained a broken nose in his fight with Henderson that required surgery.

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20. Mauricio Rua lost the fight via knockout at just 34 seconds into the first round, the fastest knockout loss of his career.

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21. Mauricio Rua won the fight via technical knock-out in the third round.

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22. Mauricio Rua faced Tyson Pedro on 2 December 2018 at UFC Fight Night 142.

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