Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua is using his past glories as inspiration for his current training, which he hopes will lead to another UFC title run.
In June, he will rematch Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 161 in Winnipeg, Canada. Their first fight, under the Pride FC banner, is generally regarded as one of the best MMA fights ever.
The 2005 Fight of the Year ended in a decision for Rua. That same year, he won the Pride FC Middleweight Grand Prix. Five years later, May 2010, he won the UFC light-heavyweight belt from countryman Lyoto Machida.
“Remembering my glories is wonderful, makes me feel good, and gives me more will to live up to that again,” he tells Fighters Only in Brazil.
“It was an indescribable sensation, there are no words for it, especially because I got to achieve the dream of any fighter, which was to be both a UFC and Pride FC champion.”
His victory over Machida was special to him because it was widely felt he had been robbed of a decision in their first meeting. It was even more special because just two months before, he had been seriously ill.
“I had burst my appendix two months before the fight. I recall that my team would rather I didn’t fight at the time, they wanted to rest but I said no. I was almost a month without training, in order to heal up. I had to undergo surgery but I still managed to finish the camp - and the outcome was great.”