05-03-2008, 05:13 PM
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Oregon Coast
Ninja Rua vs. Tony Bonello on June 14th
Originally Posted by mmamania
We hinted earlier that Murilo “Ninja” Rua (15-8-1) was rumored to be fighting on the Elite XC event being held in Honolulu, Hawaii, on June 14. It turns out he will indeed be in action that evening, taking on a potential superstar in the making, Tony “The Gun” Bonello (16-0-1).
Talk about a Brazilian jiu-jitsu war!
This card was in need of some excitement after losing the welterweight title fight between Jake Shields and Drew Fickett. And this fight — despite the relative anonymity of Bonello — is just the what the doctor ordered.
“The Gun” is perhaps one of the best fighters in the world you’ve never heard of. He’s and Australian-born fighter who submits everything in sight. In fact 14 of his 16 career wins have been first round submissions.
He refers to himself as the “3 x King of the Cage Champion.” KingoftheCage.com lists him as the top light heavyweight in their promotion, but claims the title is vacant. Either way, this guy seems to be a stud, and is a very real threat to Ninja.
There’s no doubt that Bonello’s competition has been no where near the level of Rua’s, but I believe he’s ready for the challenge.
Ninja was originally slated to fight on the Elite XC network television debut on CBS May 31 against Phil Baroni, but withdrew from the fight because of an injury.
No harm done … styles make fights and Baroni and Villasenor (Ninja’s replacement) will be a slugfest, while Ninja and Bonello will be a technical jiu jitsu war.
Much better match ups.
Rua lost his middleweight title fight against Robbie Lawler in September and then went on to submit Xavier Foupa-Pokam at Cage Rage 24 two and a half months later.
This fight is definitely something to be excited about. Its Bonello’s introduction to the world, and a stiff test. Good stuff.
I think Ninja takes this one