Jul 22, 2018; Hamburg,Germany; Mauricio Rua (red gloves) fights Anthony Smith (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at BarclayCard Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports

Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua Scouting Report

 

Vitals

6’0″ 205 lbs (Light Heavyweight)
76″ reach, Orthodox
November 25, 1981

Record

27-11-1 (UFC: 11-9-1)

Current Streak

1 straight win

Training

Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Black prajied

Championships Held

2005 PRIDE Middleweight (205 lbs) Grand Prix Champion
UFC Light Heavyweight Champion: 2010-2011 (no successful title defenses)

 

Strengths

– lethal, aggressive striker
– incredible knockout power with hands & feet
– accurate striker
– very experienced
– great kicker
– incredible chin
– lands a decent amount of takedowns per fight
– dangerous striker in the clinch
– good at ground and pound
– good at passing guard on the ground
– long wingspan for his height
– well schooled in BJJ
– extremely tough/huge heart

 

Weaknesses

– small for a light heavyweight
– too aggressive for his own good at times
– lots of miles/damage on his body
– has been inconsistent in his UFC career
– despite being a BJJ black belt, no real submission game
– not very successful (percentage wise) landing or defending takedowns
– his best days are behind him
– doesn’t always come in at optimal physical condition
– gasses out
– can get sloppy with his striking – starts to brawl/home run swings

 

Synopsis

Shogun Rua’s days are numbered – enjoy him while you can.

 


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