Murilo “Ninja” Rua is a former MMA fighter and the brother of UFC light heavyweight contender Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
Recently, in an interview with Tatame.com, “Ninja” made some pretty bold statements out “Shogun.”
“My brother well trained is the best in the world. My brother is now one of the top contenders again, but I don’t know about UFC’s plans,” Murilo said. “I believe he might have to face Rashad (Evans) or Quinton Jackson next and then have a rematch with Jon Jones. When he’s well prepared and in a good shape, like he currently is, he has plenty conditions to win that belt back on a rematch with Jon Jones.”
“Shogun” is coming off a convincing victory over former UFC light heavyweight champ Forrest Griffin at UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami in his home country of Brazil. Rua scored a first round win via TKO, avenging a loss to Griffin in 2007.
“He proved he can be the “Shogun” well all know, he’s such a talented guy, he was doing great and got this wonderful win with one of his specialties: punching his opponent on the counterattack,” Murilo said. “What a great influence on him going to the U.S. was that he was more focused there, because he wasn’t worried about anything else, like his house and family, so that made a great difference; he was focused on the trainings.”
“Shogun” went to train with his old mentor, Rafael Cordeiro, for three months at Kings MMA prior to the Griffin fight.
“It’s the result of the hard work he’s done with Rafael Cordeiro in the United States,” Murilo said. “I was hoping for a good win, but somehow this quick knockout caught me by surprise, because Forrest is such a tough guy, he had great bouts with many athletes, including my brother.”
“Shogun” lost the UFC strap to Jones earlier this year via TKO in the third round. He was coming off another of his extended breaks in action due to a knee injury.
Jones will defend the title against Jackson at UFC 135L Jones vs. Rampage, while Evans is currently atop the list of contenders after his win over Tito Ortiz.