Former EliteXC middleweight champion Murilo “Ninja” Rua shocked many MMA fans with his retirement from the sport at the age of 31. Well known by hardcore MMA fans, Rua has competed in many of the sports’ top promotions around the world.
Murilo’s hasn’t been as successful as his younger brother former UFC light-heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, but the Brazilian MMA fighter has nothing to be ashamed off. Rua recorded wins over respectable MMA fighters over the years, never losing more than two fights in row.
Rua can walk away from MMA with his head held high, finishing his career with a 20-12-1 record. While talking about his retirement, Rua seemed confident with his decision to walk away:
“I was already giving a lot of thought for a good while, along with my family and my manager, about the right time to quit, and my love for MMA always spoke louder, so I always wanted to try one more time. The opportunity to try to win a belt like BAMMA’s lightened up the will to close my career well, but time goes on for everybody. I have been on this road for a long time, and I already went into this fight with my mind set that I would stop either after this fight or after the next.”
While Rua could possibly force himself to fight for many more years, those who have followed Ninja over the years can surely understand his decision to leave MMA. Rua has suffered a few devastating knockouts in his MMA career to the likes of Robbie Lawler, who took his EliteXC middleweight title in his first title defense. In Rua’s 33 professional MMA fights, he has been knocked out cold four times.
With the number of knockouts Rua has suffered in his career, it is indeed a wise choice to walk away from the sport with his health. The Rua brothers have made quite a name for themselves and I’m sure any schools and business affiliated with their name will be quite successful, especially in their native country Brazil.