Rua earned his spot in the 2005 Grand Prix semifinals with an absolute classic against Nogueira. The bout was competitive from the opening bell and never offered up an opportunity for Rua to pick up a finish. However, he left it all in the ring and ultimately did enough to earn a decision victory in a bout many felt was the best of the year.
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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