Mauricio Rua Drops & Decisions Corey Anderson In Hometown

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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight kingpin, Mauricio Rua (24-10) stepped inside the Octagon at UFC 198 against Corey Anderson (8-2). “Shogun” was focused on earning his second straight win, while “Beastin 25/8” tried to extend his winning streak to four.

“Shogun” got the nod in his hometown of Curitiba, Brazil.

Rua landed a couple of leg kicks in the first round. Anderson threw out the jab to keep Rua at bay. An overhand right found the mark for “Shogun.” “Beastin 25/8” kept getting his leg kicked. Anderson threw some punches, but they were blocked. Rua looked for a knee in the clinch, but Anderson went for a takedown. Rua lunged forward and connected with a left hook. Anderson landed a hook of his own. Rua rocked his opponent with a left hook and then dropped him with seconds left in the round. Anderson survived.

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“Shogun” chopped the leg of Anderson right away in round two. Anderson threw a combination that was blocked. “Beastin 25/8” ducked under a punch and scored a takedown. Rua scrambled out, but had his back against the fence. The two separated, but Anderson went right back to the takedown attempts. He landed a second takedown, but once again couldn’t hold his opponent down. Anderson was dropped yet again with seconds left in the second round.

Anderson looked for a takedown early in the final frame and he achieved it. Rua held onto his opponent for a bit, but Anderson landed an elbow. Rua returned to his feet with over two minutes left in the fight. “Beastin 25/8” finished his fourth takedown, but his opponent quickly popped back up. The fight ended with Anderson going for another takedown.

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Two of the three judges at Octagon side gave the nod to “Shogun.”

Final Result: Mauricio Rua def. Corey Anderson via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)