Although Chael Sonnen wasn’t a massive underdog heading into his UFC FN 26 bout with “Shogun” Rua, the consensus seemed to be that the latter would get back on the winning track. Not only did Sonnen win, of course, but the rugged wrestler shocked the MMA world by tapping out the BJJ black belt with a guillotine choke. You may have picked Sonnen all along, but chances are you saw him winning via the ground-and-pound route rather than by tap-out.
All this aside, Rua has lost two fights in a row now for the first time in his career, and the former PRIDE star is 2-3 in his last five. “Shogun” has had setbacks before, but this latest defeat raises some questions as to what’s next for the renowned fighter. So, what is going on with ‘Shogun”? Well, his brother Murilo “Ninja” Rua is pointing the finger at some of “Shogun’s” camp. In an interview with MMA Fighting.com Monday, “Ninja” stated:
“My brother needs someone, he needs a head coach who can listen to,” Rua said. “I always told him the truth no matter what, but I had issues with trainers from his camp. Maybe in the future I’ll work with him again, who knows. I’ll talk to him when he returns to Curitiba.”
“He has a lot of shady persons around him, people trying to take advantage of him,” he said. “People from his camp said I wasn’t good for Mauricio because I made him nervous when I was on his corner, and he listened to that, so I decided to leave. If something is wrong I would point it out, I wouldn’t just lie to please him.”
Interesting and dramatic stuff. “Ninja” also argued that his brother should have “moved more” versus Sonnen to avoid the “American Gangter’s” takedowns, and that he should have fought from guard, rather than half-guard, when he was on his back. Of course, “Shogun” boosters might argue that light-heavyweight just got caught and it’s not time to sound the alarm bells (like “Ninja” is doing), but the former champ is definitely in a must win situation now.