Something was noticeably missing on Saturday night when Mauricio Rua took the octagon to meet Brandon Vera at UFC on Fox 4, his brother, Murilo Rua. “Ninja” had been in the corner of his younger brother for every fight of “Shogun’s” career, when fans were puzzled by his absence, the Curitiba native took to twitter to explain.
What followed was a bit of shocking news as Murilo explained that he has left UDL, and feels that head coach Andre “Dida” Amade is not right for “Shogun”.
“Guys, I was not with Mauricio in this fight because I have a problem with Dida. I do not agree with the way he corners and drills him”
Brazilian news source UOL Esportes quickly asked Murilo for further comments, where he explained that he feels “Dida” doesn’t train Shogun properly, as evident by his fight with Dan Henderson.
I was not there because I had a problem with Dida’s coaching in Mauricio’s last fight. Then he came to me and said I would not be training with my brother, so I thought it best to follow my path. Now I’m just his brother, I do not do any training with him.
Many have echoed “Ninja’s” sentiment, including Shogun’s manager Julius Eller, who feels Shogun’s cardio seems to be getting worse over time, and it’s an issue that must be resolved in the gym.
The Rua brothers were once a part of the legendary Chute Boxe team, and left the gym in 2007 to start up UDL. Despite Shogun’s knockout win over Brandon Vera on Saturday, many detractors feel that it would be in his best interest to join his brother in leaving.