After nearly 13 years in MMA, Murilo “Ninja” Rua has decided to retire ahead of his farewell fight.
Late Thursday, Rua went on his Twitter account to break the news.
“Guys, I am officially announcing my retirement definitive MMA. Thanks to the fans, media and fighters all my friends who supported me today. I will take great memories of this sport that I love.”
Throughout his career, Rua spent years in PRIDE and was the former EliteXC middleweight champion. He made a few appearances for Cage Rage and fought once out of Strikeforce and DREAM. He ends his career with a 20-13-1 record, which saw him drop his last three fights since 2010.
This marks the third time he’s announced his retirement. The first was in 2011 after a knockout loss to Tom Watson and then again in 2012 following a defeat to Paulo Filho.
Rua plans to hold seminars about MMA now that the active part of his career is done.
His brother is the former UFC light heavyweight champion Maurício “Shogun” Rua.