Shoji never truly shined in the ring, compiling a losing record over his 36-fight career, but he also never backed down from a challenge as indicated by the list of opponents he was handed under the PRIDE banner. Rua’s showdown with Shoji was his official PRIDE unveiling and also came less than a month after “Shogun” lost his first fight (a submission to Renato Sobral). It was the first chance most fans had to see Rua in action and he certainly impressed, knocking his adversary out before breaking much of a sweat.
UFC light heavyweight Mauricio Rua (21-8) has been amongst the top 205ers in MMA for nearly a decade based on his remarkable run in PRIDE as well as success in the Octagon. However, “Shogun” is at a crossroads after having lost back-to-back bouts for the first time in his career. The beloved Brazilian will have a chance to get back on track this weekend when he faces James Te Huna at UFC Fight Night 33. And, looking over his Top 10 instances of success in the ring, there’s no reason to think he won’t do just that and take Te Huna out in spectacular fashion. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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