The notion of Liddell and Rua locking horns was always a pipe dream until the UFC purchased PRIDE and brought “Shogun” into the fold. Unfortunately, the clash would be somewhat anti-climactic, as Rua had no problem ending Liddell’s evening. Once again, Rua picked up a strike-based stoppage before the fight’s first frame had even expired.
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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