After another loss coming in the form of a KO, former Pride fighter Murilo “Ninja” Rua stated that he plans to return in 2009. “I’m waiting, but I think I’ll fight again next year. I hope I have a chance against Radach again and then fight (Robbie) Lawler” the Brazilian told Tatame.
The elder Rua’s career started out promising in Pride but he hasn’t been able to string together enough wins to put himself back into the top 10.
It will clearly be tough for Rua to get either Benji Radah or Robbie Lawler upon his return because he has now lost to both of them but it may be possible for him to face someone like a Jake Shield who is planning to move up to middleweight for some fights.
A fight with Shields would keep him out of danger from suffering another KO loss and give him a chance to get back into the middleweight picture.