Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is 2-3 in his last 5 bouts, and the former light-heavyweight champ has changed his training camp up as he prepares for his UFC 161 bout with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
According to a report from Sherdog.com. Rua has amicably parted ways with veteran fighter and longtime coach Andre Dida, and has put together a new team to get ready for his rematch with “Lil Nog”.
Shogun’s new head coach is Glaube Feitosa, who is a former K-1 World Grand Prix finalist that Rua called an “excellent teacher.” The Brazilian vet’s team will also reportedly include Roberto “Gordo” Correa for jiu-jitsu, Jacob Harman, Ken Jackson and Mike Jackson for wrestling, as well and Daniel Abdul and Ondrej Hutnik for Muay Thai.
UFC vet Luiz Cane will be sparring with Rua as he gets ready for the June 15th card, which will take place in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Rua worked his way to a unanimous decision win over Nogueira way back in 2005 at Pride’s “Critical Countdown” event. It’s hard to believe Rua is only 31 years old isn’t it?
Of course, Rua’s recent defeats have come against some of the planet’s best light-heavyweights in Dan Henderson, Alexander Gustafsson and reigning champ Jon Jones, but it will be interesting to see how he looks with the changes.
Another title run seems is hard to imagine, but, people have written Shogun off before.
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