According to a recent interview Mauricio Rua gave to Brazilian news site Portal do Vale Tudo (props to MMAMania.com), a reunion with his former Chute Boxe coach Rafael Cordeiro could be on the table.
Though it has since fallen slightly from prominence, during Pride FC’s heyday, the Brazilian Chute Boxe camp was once one of the most respected teams in the world for churning out a vicious and fearless breed of fighters the likes of which MMA had seldom seen. Producing champions and legends such as Anderson Silva and Wanderlei Silva, Chute Boxe also hosted Mauricio Rua and his brother Murilo for a good portion of their respective careers.
Anderson, Wanderlei and both Rua brothers, along with prominent coaches Andre “Dida” Amade and Rafael Cordeiro have all parted ways with Chute Boxe, but are apparently slowly rejoining forces in the States.
Cordeiro now runs Kings MMA out of Huntington Beach, California, where “The Axe Murderer” frequently trains, in occasional addition to Anderson Silva, Fabricio Werdum and a whole host of other top fighters which may now include the recently dethroned “Shogun.”
“Yes, it’s a possibility,” Rua told PVT of reuniting with Cordeiro. “It is [an] option and it is an idea I have.”
Rua most recently appeared in action against Jon Jones at UFC 128 this past March, where he lost his briefly held UFC title via third round TKO. He will attempt to find redemption when he takes on Forrest Griffin this August at UFC: Rio.