Shogun on training with Freddie Roach: Now I punch like Superman


Perennial UFC light heavyweight contender Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has always been known for the thunderous power of his strikes. However, he has never been regarded as the most technical of boxers. Because of this, he enlisted the training of famed boxing coach Freddie Roach for his upcoming bout in the August 17th main event of UFC on Fox Sports 1: Boston.

In this video from the UFC, Roach proclaims that Shogun was indeed a bit rough around the edges when he first stepped into Wild Card boxing, but learned very quickly. Shogun states that he and Roach worked extensively on his jab and left hand in order to keep distance against a well known wrestler like Sonnen. 

Rua appears quite enthused about his training with Roach, noting that he likes the atmosphere because they laugh and joke around a lot. But the main focus is on business, and Shogun appears ready for battle, noting that he now “punches like Superman.” Will he need superhuman powers to defeat the win-starved Sonnen in Boston?



  • Shogun by TKO 1st Round

  • yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah

  • War Shogun….

  • His striking looks to have added a bit of technicality to his raw power…..could be big trouble for Sonnen.

    • I was thinking the same. Just going to train with Freddie Roach doesn't mean you're going to be a great boxer. Shogun already has a ton of tenacity in his striking game, I'm sure Freddie just made it a little tighter all around and added some sort of jab to help with distance. Especially since his kicking game will be toned down some trying to avoid getting taken down. Shogun TKO round 2. hopefully by kick and then ground punches

    • D

      Don't know that it was ever a matter of Shogun's striking…he had the advantage their, Freddie Roach or not. It all depends if he can keep the fight standing. If not, he's in for a long night.

  • Damn, how time passes fast its seems like yesterday Shogun was best lhw in a world, and now this fight is for avoid cut. Chael is also on the cut edge. ****!!!!

    • No matter who wins, neither fighter is going anywhere!!

      This would be Shogun's first back to back loss ever.

      And Chael's going back to MW after this.

      • Everyone is entitled to their opinion, here's mine…Screw you and your opinion! War Shogun!

  • I am stoked to see Shogun, one of the old shoolers, continuing to up his game by learning new things. He brings so much experience, tenacity, and shear balls. With his renewed attitude I think he stands a good chance of beating anyone in the 205 division.

    Sonnen is in big trouble. Standing, he's gonna get beaten up, and even if he takes it to the ground Shogun's jiu-jitsu is top-notch, while Sonnen's submission defense has pretty much stunk up to now.

  • He said that now he punches like a man….not superman…..just saying.

  • Yeah he said he punches like Superman at the end of the video.

    • Well thats what the captioning said, but I think Brasil speaks Por
      tuguese and is saying what he really said. Im guessing they didnt want to make it sound like he used to punch like a girl.

  • Vic

    A win over Sonnen will guarantee him a #2 spot of course!

  • Shogun is beast. With better hands he's gonna be better than ever. Hopefully he will make a another run. Good luck shogun.