Rua’s win over Jackson was especially notable for a few reasons. First, it marked a meeting of two talented, dangerous competitors who weren’t interested in taking a safe approach to victory and also happened to be in the prime of their respective careers. In reality, though Rua was on a winning streak, Jackson even emerged as the favorite based on his history of landing powerful punches and love of slams. Secondly, Rua’s finish of “Rampage” was among the best of all time, blasting the heavy-handed wrestler with a series of soccer kicks resulting in the TKO win.
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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