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Maurício Rua


Win Rate
66 %
Finish Rate
81 %
Decision Win %
56 %

Maurício Rua

6' 1 (185 cm)
76 in. (6' 4/193 cm)
Main Division
Light Heavyweight
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Coach
Antônio "Nino" Schembri
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Rank
Rua was born on 25 November 1981 and raised in Curitiba, Brazil and is of Italian, and Portuguese descent. Rua's father is a businessman and his mother is a former track athlete and now marathon runner. Both are mixed martial artists training at Universidade da luta, though Marcos does not compete at a professional level. Rua followed his older brother in training at the Chute Boxe Academy, and was successful in BJJ championships at the blue and purple belt levels. In addition to Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, he now trains in wrestling and boxing.
Fighter Trivia
On 12 September 2007, Rua married physiotherapist Renata Ribeiro. Their first child, a daughter named Maria Eduarda, was born on 15 January 2010. Before becoming a fighter, Rua worked as a model in Brazil, doing books, pictures, and even fashion shows for brands.

Awards & Accolades

  • PRIDE Fighting Championships: 2005 PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix Champion
  • UFC: UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
  • UFC: Knockout of the Night (Three times) vs. Chuck Liddell, Lyoto Machida and James Te Huna
  • UFC: Fight of the Night (Four times) vs. Mark Coleman, Dan Henderson (x2), Antônio Rogério Nogueira
  • UFC: Performance of the Night (One time) vs. Tyson Pedro
  • UFC: Tied ( with Jon Jones, Ovince Saint Preux and Glover Teixeira) for most fight-night bonuses in UFC Light Heavyweight division history (eight)
  • UFC: Fight of the Year (2011) vs. Dan Henderson
  • UFC: UFC Hall of Fame (Fight Wing, Class of 2018) vs. Dan Henderson at UFC 139
  • World MMA Awards: 2010 Knockout of the Year versus Lyoto Machida on 8 May
  • World MMA Awards: 2011 Fight of the Year versus Dan Henderson on 19 November
  • Sherdog: 2005 Fighter of the Year
  • Sherdog: 2005 Fight of the Year versus Antônio Rogério Nogueira on 26 June
  • Sherdog: 2009 Comeback Fighter of the Year
  • Sherdog: Mixed Martial Arts Hall of Fame
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards: 2011 Fight of the Year versus Dan Henderson on 19 November

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