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“Ninja” Rua: “Shogun’s” Camp has “Shady Persons”

Kelsey Mowatt


Even if you’re the biggest “Shogun” Rua fan of all time, and just want to pass Saturday’s loss to Chael Sonnen off as just getting ‘caught’, no one can deny that things aren’t looking so good for the former champ. Thanks to Sonnen’s guillotine choke, “Shogun” has lost two in a row for the first time in his decorated career, and he’s 2-3 in his last 5 bouts. Sure the defeats have come against top tier opposition, but if you believe “Shogun” still has another title run left in him since he’s just 31, then either you and others are wrong, or something’s got to change.

One of the men who evidently thinks “Shogun” needs to change things up is brother Murilo “Ninja” Rua, who knows a few things about fighting. In a post UFC FN 26 interview with MMA, here’s what “Ninja” had to say about his brother’s team and coaches.

“My brother needs someone, he needs a head coach who can listen to,” Rua said. “I always told him the truth no matter what, but I had issues with trainers from his camp. Maybe in the future I’ll work with him again, who knows. I’ll talk to him when he returns to Curitiba.”

“He has a lot of shady persons around him, people trying to take advantage of him,” he said. “People from his camp said I wasn’t good for Mauricio because I made him nervous when I was on his corner, and he listened to that, so I decided to leave. If something is wrong I would point it out, I wouldn’t just lie to please him.”

“Ninja”, who hasn’t fought since last September when he was stopped by Paulo Filho, added that his brother shouldn’t have been fighting from halfguard on Saturday, and that he didn’t move enough to stop Sonnen’s takedowns. It’s going to be interesting to see how “Shogun” takes the loss and what he decides to do next. It’s somewhat hard to believe that the former champ’s UFC run is now in jeopardy.

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