Newer fans probably have no idea who Arona is and that’s okay considering he hasn’t fought since 2009. However, during his run in PRIDE he was a monster who found ways to beat the likes of Wanderlei Silva and Dan Henderson. That being said, he didn’t even make it three minutes into his match-up with “Shogun” who had already dispatched Alistair Overeem earlier in the evening. Rua’s knockout of Arona came less than three minutes into the match-up and also netted him a PRIDE Grand Prix championship.
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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