Maurício Milani Rua (born 25 November 1981) is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist and former model. He is a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. Rua is also the 2005 PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix Champion. He currently competes for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
About Maurício Rua in brief
Maurício Milani Rua (born 25 November 1981) is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist and former model. He is a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. Rua is also the 2005 PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix Champion. He has an older brother, Murilo, and a younger brother, Marcos. Both are mixed martial artists training at Universidade da luta, though Marcos does not compete at a professional level. The Rua brothers occasionally take 10-kilometre runs with their mother. He began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the age of six and Muay Thai at the aged of seven. He was successful in BJJ championships at the blue and purple belt levels. In addition to BJJ, he now trains in wrestling and boxing. He won Fighter of the Year honors from Sherdog.com in 2005. He currently competes for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) He is of Italian, and Portuguese descent, and his father is a businessman and his mother is aFormer track athlete and now marathon runner. He lives in Curitiba, Brazil with his wife and two children. His older brother Murilo is also a mixed martial arts competitor, and they have a younger son, Marcos, who also competes in the UFC. He also has a younger daughter, who lives in Brazil with her mother and her husband, and has two children of her own. He now lives in the United States, where he works as a model and has a son, Mauricio Rua, who is a professional boxer and has competed in two UFC fights.
He previously lived in the U.S. with his mother and two daughters, Carmen and Sylvia. His wife is from Brazil, and he has two sons, Marcelo and José, who are both professional boxers and have competed in several UFC fights as well as the WBA and WBC. He has a daughter, Sophie, who was born in 2002. He fought in the WBC and the WEC in 2007 and 2008. He competed in the IFC and the PRIDE organization. He made his PRIDE debut at the inaugural PRIDE Bushido 1, a side promotion for lighter fighters. In his three Bushido appearances, Rua defeated Akira Shoji, Akihiro Gono, and Yasuhito Namekawa, all by strikes in the first round. At PRIDE 29, he faced former professional wrestler Hiromitsu Kanehara, a Japanese fighter known for his toughness. He broke Jackson’s ribs with knee strikes and ended the fight in dramatic fashion with soccer kicks to the face in thefirst round. In the second round at PRIDE Critical Countdown 2005, he defeated Antônio Rogério Nogueira, a member of Chute Boxe’s rival academy Brazilian Top Team, by unanimous decision. At PRIDE Final Conflict 2005, he defeated Alistair Overeem by TKO in the the firstround, while Ricardo Arona defeated Rua’s teammate Wanderlei Silva by decision. In the final bout of the tournament, he knocked Arona out with punches to win the bout and become the 2005 Middle Weight Grand Prix champion.