Mauricio Shogun Rua is a type of a fighter that possesses extraordinary stamina and a brutal strength. He fights for UFC in a light heavyweight division which is a highly competitive weigh class with a lot of great fighters and potential champion materials. He is one of those competitors that want to knock out the opponent and not just to win on points.
His fights are a pure pleasure to watch - whether he win or loose. He combines explosive boxing with Muay Thai techniques and goes for the kill. He is not a type of a guy that calculates every single move but rather he likes to unleash hell inside the octagon. Domination in the ring is his favorite recipe for winning - given a chance he shows no mercy for his opponents.
Enought to say is that one of his trademark moves is a football kick to the face which he applies with a devastating efficiency. He is also not shy of stomping on his opponents or feed them a hammer fist or a smashing elbow from a dominant position.
One of Shogun's most spectacular fights was the first fight against Dan 'Hendo' Henderson back in 2011. Both fighters were vicious: Dan had an advantage during the first two rounds, then Mauricio rebound and won next 2 round just to be defeated on points in round 5.
That was a great battle, one of the best - if not the best - in the history of the UFC. Just watch a full fight when you've got a chance - trust me on this.
In his career, he fought with world class fighters like Alistair Overeem, Forrest Griffin, Lyoto Machida and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. He holds a significant record of winning over 90% of his bouts with KO or TKO which says a lot about his fighting style.
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