Brother to recently dethroned UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, 31-year-old Murilo “Ninja” Rua has announced his retirement from mixed martial arts competition.
Rua’s announcement comes on the heels of a third round knockout loss to 14-4 English fighter Tom Watson in a bout for the BAMMA middleweight championship. The two met in the main event of BAMMA 6 this past Saturday night at the Wembley Arena in London, England.
Rua took to his Twitter to reveal the news of his retirement.
“I would like to announce officially my retirement from PRO MMA fights tonight,” he wrote. “It was an amazing run, and its a very tough moment … But there comes a time for all in life, and it’s time to move on. I am proud of all I did in MMA and all experiences I had … I will continue to work with MMA, doing seminars, teaching classes, training fighters, and doing my share to help our sport that I love so much.”
Rua began competing in mixed martial arts in 2000, two years before his younger brother began making heads roll. Spending his early days competing for Meca – World Vale Tudo, Shooto and Pride FC, “Ninja” would face names like Akihiro Gono, Dan Henderson, Ricardo Arona, Kevin Randleman, Sergei Kharitonov, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Paulo Filho, Denis Kang, and Robbie Lawler during his eleven-year stint in the sport.
Rua retires with a record of 20-12-1; his last two fights have ended in defeat.