Shogun Looking Forward To Exciting Fight With James Te Huna


Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is looking to get back into the win column against power striker James Te Huna in the co-main event of December 6’s UFC Fight Night 33 in Brisbane, Australia.

The former Pride Grand Prix champion has been on a downward trend as of late, losing to Chael Sonnen via surprising first round submission at UFC Fight Night 26 back in August. Prior to that, “Shogun” lost a unanimous decision to talented former title challenger Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson.

While they were against ranked competition, the losses marker the first two-fight skid of Rua’s storied career. He’s always been a fighter able to right the ship after a loss. But with knee injuries and wars (namely his November 2011 classic with Dan Henderson) beginning to catch up with the 32-year-old Rua, a noticeable decline is to be expected.

He’ll receive a step down in competition with Te Huna, who will be fighting in his home country. Still, the Australian presents a dangerous challenge in that he can end a fight at anytime with his strikes.

Rua recently spoke up to MMA Junkie to discuss his thoughts on the upcoming bout:

“He’s a very good boxer. I know him and his style. It’s a fight that fans will want to watch because there’s going to be a lot of striking. They offered, and I was up for it, so I took it. The timing ended up working out perfect for me. I’m fighting in his home country, and it’s going to be an exciting fight.”

There’s no doubt Rua can strike with anyone. His Muay Thai skills are the stuff of legends, but his kicking power may be trailing off after repeated ACL surgeries.

So perhaps “Shogun” should look to use his proficient ground game. He is the owner of a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu black belt, which is why it was such a shock to see Sonnen pull guard and submit him. Te Huna proved he can be submitted when Glover Teixeira forced him to tap to a first round guillotine back at UFC 160 in May.

Win or lose, “Shogun” always puts on exciting fights. This one should be no different. Will Rua show that he still has some gas left in the tank? Or will Te Huna get the biggest win of his career in front of his home fans?

  • Here's a Brazillian who will fight in any country and looks forward too it. Please Shogun, cardio your **** of.

  • Great fight. JTH might be too quick for Shogun.

  • Glad Shogun is ready for another fight.

  • According to shogun, before the chael fight, he punches like superman now. Unfortunately, chael took him down instantly in the opening of the round, and stopped him from showing his new striking ability . Hes always been a great striker, so if he has even more weapons in his arsenal, hes gonna be a killer on the feet.

  • If losing to Fail Sonnen wasn't a bad sign for Shogun, I don't know what is. As a huge Shogun fan, it pains to admit that he is probably done as an MMA fighter.

    • Cheal is a dominant wrestler and just happened to to catch him in the choke. Hes still a fighter. No he wont be champ again but still has a few good fights left in him for sure.

  • Shogun won't be champion but throw him in with a striker and it's going to be a show. I'm excited for this fight.

  • What??? Come on Entity….We are game anytime anywhere baby!!

    • true Brasil, I was poking fun at Vitor always wanting his fights in Brazil.

  • I am a huge huge Shogun Fan!! but with all that money why cant he get his cardio right?? please please get your cardio right!!! and as i've said ,Shogun punches are wild that might be the reason he gased easily, just saying tho..

  • I love Shogun no homo! I hope he gets back on a win streak but if Dana keeps any fighter on a losing streak, it should be Shogun! Hes done too many amazing things for the sport.