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onip69 01-30-2013 06:01 PM

‘Shogun’ Rua revamps training staff: Recruits Freddie Roach, reunites with Mark Munoz

‘Shogun’ Rua revamps training staff: Recruits Freddie Roach, reunites with Mark Munoz and Rafael Cordeiro

By Adam Guillen Jr. on Jan 30, 5:01p 26

After losing to Alexander Gustafsson at UFC on FOX 5, former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua looks to bolster up his training staff and revamp his arsenal before jumping back into the Octagon.

Mauricio Rua is looking for a fresh start.

After losing to Alexander Gustafsson at UFC on FOX 5 last December in Seattle, Washington, "Shogun" is going back to the drawing board as he looks to plug up a few holes in his fight game while polishing up his all-around mixed martial arts (MMA) skills.

And he's bringing in the big guns to do it.

According to one of his trainers, Andre Dida, Rua will bring in a few familiar faces to his next camp as he reunites with former Chute Boxe trainer and head honcho at Kings MMA, Rafael Cordeiro, who has been in and out of the Brazilian's camp for the past couple of years.

On top of that, the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion will brush up on his wrestling skills under the tutelage of current UFC middleweight contender and former NCAA Division 1 Champion, Mark Munoz.

Dida's words to Tatame:


"Shogun is a guy who knows everything about MMA, trains well in all areas, but noted that he has to seek further knowledge, have more activities, new workouts. That's always good for any athlete, and Shogun will be no different. He has excellent wrestling, workouts out there will evolve too. We talked with Mark Munoz in Seattle and he was excited to train with Mauricio again. They trained together at Kings MMA, and it was there that our friendship has also increased. We exchanged many experiences. But Mauricio will also train with Jacob Rocha, a guy who trains the American Wrestling in college, then it is a complete workout of Wrestling. His students have great results in California, earn everything. It will be a great experience for Mauricio. The expectation is that Shogun will go to the United States in February after Carnival. There, he will meet with Rafael Cordeiro, since the coach will be in Brazil for the recordings of TUF Brazil 2."
As if Rua's striking wasn't dangerous enough already, the Brazilian bomber will look to polish his technique as he heads west to train with famed boxing trainer Freddie Roach, who has helped multiple boxing champions such as Manny Pacquiao and Oscar de la Hoya reach the pinnacle of the sport as well as tossing a few pointers to UFC titleholders Georges St. Pierre and Anderson Silva.


"Here in America, Shogun also trains with Freddie Roach, who is the trainer of Manny Pacquiao in boxing. The knockout power of Mauricio is very large, his Muay Thai is very sharp, and we think these workouts will leave you with a footprint standing even stronger."
Over his last eight bouts inside the Octagon, "Shogun" has alternated wins and losses, failing to put together consecutive victories since 2009 when he defeated Mark Coleman and Chuck Liddell in a span of four months.

While the 31-year old former PRIDE FC Middleweight Grand Prix winner awaits word of his next opponent (perhaps the loser of this weekend's Rashad Evans vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira bout at UFC 156) the 28-fight veteran looks to show it's never too late to learn some new tricks.

Budhisten 01-30-2013 06:03 PM

Good stuff - hope it's not too late :)

LizaG 01-30-2013 06:05 PM

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Good to see he's investing some time and money in his hands, after years of abuse those kicks aren't quite what they were.

OHKO 01-30-2013 06:19 PM

Glad to hear that Shogun is trying to improve on his technique even at this point.

However, I just don't think Shogun has it in him to be an elite light heavyweight anymore.

Ape City 01-30-2013 06:34 PM

He's only 31...but still I wih he had done this when he came to the UFC. I feel like he had his run.

LL 01-30-2013 07:00 PM

Good move but it may be too little too late.

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Stun Gun 01-30-2013 07:04 PM

I'm happy to hear this. Lets hope to see some big steps forward instead of backwards like we have been seeing. Work that cardio Shogun.

Terror Kovenant 01-30-2013 08:35 PM

Hes certainly got the talent to continue to be an elite fighter. Hes lacked the conditioning for awhile now, but its not too late to work on that, his cardiovascular system is still young. However, if he can't find a way to strength his knees to be able to get his kicks back into his game, then we won't be seeing the vicious Shogun anymore

Sportsman 2.0 01-30-2013 10:15 PM

He must watch his Pride fights to get that spirit back, work on his cardio and, if still possible due to his knee's issues, be back to his concrete columns demolishing kicks. Heart only is not enough anymore to be at the top. War, Shogun. All the best.

MikeHawk 01-30-2013 10:21 PM

I wanna believe this is going to help him but I've learned to not get my hopes up on Shogun. I'm just glad he's not getting KO'd like Chuck did because he's clearly declined.

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