Shogun Rua will return to the Octagon on March 11, in Brazil for fight night 107. Shogun is one of the most decorated light-heavyweight champions ever and one of the greatest legends of the sport. In 2005, he entered into a 16-man tournament in Pride and absolutely dominated the competition. At the MW Grand Prix, he beat Rampage Jackson, Alistair Overeem, Rogerio Nogueira and won against Ricardo Arona in the championship.
Shogun had a rough patch when he started out in the UFC because of some personal issues, but was able to bounce back and get in shape to eventually knock out and steal the title from Lyoto Machida. His days as a champion were shortlived as he had to face Jon Jones who is highly considered the greatest LHW’s of all time. As of late, Shogun has had a lot of ups and downs in his career, but still continues to fight and compete and is on a 2-fight win streak.
Shogun will be competing in Fortaleza, Brazil and will be fired up to compete in his home country. He will most likely compete in the co-main event of the show as Vitor Belfort will fight Kelvin Gastelum in the main event of the evening. Even though Shogun is not in his prime, he is always very dangerous when it comes to his kicks, punches and also his deadly submissions. It will be an exciting fight also for Shogun because he does not have to face a wrestler.
If there has been an Achilles heel in Shogun’s career, it has been his takedown defense and his cardio. Once in a while he will show up to a fight and seems to be in fantastic condition. He was able to go the distance with fighters such as Alexander Gustaffson and Lyoto Machida. Look to the next page as Shogun’s exciting opponent is revealed.