Maurício “Shogun” Rua's Professional MMA debut
Rua made his professional debut against Rafael Freitas on November 8, 2002, fighting on the regional circuit.
He made a winning start to his career, defeating Rafael Freitas who carried a 0-0-0 professional MMA record into the fight.
Maurício Rua beat Rafael Freitas by KO/TKO at 4:00 of Round 1.
Maurício “Shogun” Rua's Ultimate Fighting Championship Career
Rua made his debut in the UFC against Forrest Griffin on September 22, 2007, fighting on the co-main event of UFC 76: Knockout having compiled a 16-2-0 professional MMA record.
Maurício Rua lost to Forrest Griffin by Submission at 4:45 of Round 3.
Since his debut, Rua has gone on to fight a total of 24 more times in the UFC. His UFC record stands at 11-12-1.
Failed UFC title challenge: UFC Light Heavyweight Championship loss to Lyoto Machida
Rua lost his 1st light heavyweight title challenge, losing to Lyoto Machida on October 24, 2009 at UFC 104: Machida vs Shogun.
Maurício Rua lost to Lyoto Machida by Decision at 5:00 of Round 5.
Winning the belt: UFC Light Heavyweight Championship against Lyoto Machida
Rua won the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship defeating Lyoto Machida on May 8, 2010 at UFC 113: Machida vs Shogun 2.
This was Rua's 2nd UFC championship fight.
Maurício Rua beat Lyoto Machida by KO/TKO at 3:35 of Round 1.
The first man to defeat Lyoto Machida
Rua defeated the previously unbeaten Lyoto Machida on May 8, 2010, at UFC 113: Machida vs Shogun 2. Lyoto Machida came into the fight with a 16-0-0 record. Rua was a +166 betting underdog going into the fight. Maurício Rua beat Lyoto Machida by KO/TKO at 3:35 of Round 1.
Title loss: Losing the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship to Jon Jones
Rua lost his UFC Light Heavyweight title to Jon Jones on March 19, 2011 at UFC 128: Shogun vs Jones.
The loss meant that Rua had made no successful defences of the UFC light heavyweight title.
Maurício Rua lost to Jon Jones by KO/TKO at 2:37 of Round 3.
When was Maurício Rua's last win?
Rua's last win came against Antônio Rogério Nogueira at UFC Fight Night on Saturday July 25, 2020. Maurício Rua beat Antônio Rogério Nogueira by Decision at 5:00 of Round 3.