Murilo “Ninja” Rua, brother of renowned light heavyweight Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, has decided to retire from Mixed Martial Arts after suffering a knockout over the weekend at BAMMA 6 to Tom Watson. The defeat was his second consecutive loss after having won four in a row prior to the slide.
“It was an amazing run, and it’s a very tough moment, but there comes a time for all in life, and it’s time to move on. I am proud of all I did in MMA and all experiences I had,” the 31-year old explained after his defeat. “It’s time now to help others and enjoy my family, my wife, my kids and move on.”
Rua concluded by saying his focus would turn to training and teaching others rather than taking to the ring and throwing down.
“I don’t even need to say how much I love my brother. “Ninja” only made me proud. I started fighting cause of him – (he) was always my motivation,” his younger sibling “Shogun” wrote on Twitter in response to the news. “I’m proud of his career and all he battled and conquered. MMA is today where it’s at….cause of warriors like him.”
“Shogun” then turned his attention directly to his brother, continuing, “You leave with your head up high as a fighter, and will continue your way! You don’t need to prove anything anymore, and will keep shining. Let’s go together and life goes on. As you did to me, you will inspire and help many other future pro athletes! I’m very proud of you!”
Rua leaves the sport with a 20-12-1 overall record including an impressive eighteen wins by way of a finishing performance and has only actually seen the judges’ scorecards a total of two times in an eleven-year career. “Ninja” first made a name for himself in Brazil with the famed Chute Boxe Academy before coming to mainstream attention in PRIDE where he fought thirteen times and often faced men larger than himself including Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Sergei Kharitonov. He holds notable past wins over Mario Sperry, Xavier Foupa-Pokam, and Joey Villasenor.
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