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Murilo Rua calls it quits on a career after latest loss

And then there was one…

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.


  • hindsightufuk says:

    always loved watching Ninja but that fight was punishing to watch. i get genuinely concerned that he may be the first big name to die in the ring when i see him fight. the guy can barely talk any more. he was fucked during that fight, and his knee looked awful. it should have been stopped long before out of decency, but i guess thats how the Rua brothers get down.
    horrible show by the way, Bamma is an awful promotion; crowd was full of wannabe wideboy gangsters, the prelim fights had alot of local talent but was not a good display of what is on offer over here. the refferees were atrociously amateur; at one point Marcio Cesar was knocked out and the ref left his side to do fuck knows what as he tried to get up and ended up face staggering around and faceplanting again. horrible calibre of fights too; fucking hate frank trigg anyway; but ivan salevary? seriously? there was no one else who was available to replace Phil Baroni? that was a horrible fight, two already retired guys duking it out, or not actually, cos neither guy did fuck all.
    Tom Watson needs to head either into Europe or US to get decent opponents, he looks god these days, very solid, but there is no one to test him that will fight for Bamma
    Horrible horrible event and i feel for Tom Watson if he kind find a better home soon

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    can’t find a better home soon

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Didn’t watch this event but I heard ninja took a ridiculous beating… Glad to hear a warrior knows when to call it quits. Best of luck in the future to rua.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    Always been a huge fan of Ninja Rua, sad to see him leave MMA cause he always showed up to fight and not just score points. Good luck Ninja.

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